War of 1812

In 1812, a war between Great Britain and the United States.


E.conomic Problem: Embargo of 1807

Thomas Jefferson proposed an embargo that would hopefully help to avoid a war. The Embargo Act of 1807, also known as the "Damn-bargo," stopped all trade between the United States and Europe. This Act kept American ships safe and also helped avoid war, but without trade to Europe the American economy heavily suffered. In 1808, James Maddison, a Democratic-Republican, was elected as President. He established the Non-Intercourse Act. The Non-Intercourse Act reestablished trade connections with all of Europe except for Britain and France. The American economy still suffered but not as severely and many Americans continued to fight for war.

~Places During The War of 1812~

Throughout the war, battle grounds continued to change. There was fighting along the Canadian Border, which ended in a stalemate, more fighting occured around the Chesapeake Bay, for example: both the White House and Capital Building were burned. The Battle of Baltimore is were the British Navy tried to attack but stopped at Fort McHenry. This battle is what inspired Francis Scott Key to write the "Star-Spangled Banner," which would latter become the national anthem. Fighting broke out in New Orleans when Britain tried to take over New Orleans in order to stop trade by controlling the Mississippi River. The Battle of New Orleans was led by Andrew Jackson and American troops beat the British. This battle made Andrew Jackson a national hero and inspires patriotism throughout the nation.
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~Effects of The War~

Cultural Changes

The "Era of Good Feelings" began and American entered a period of nationalism. Americans created a new culture that was very unique and distinct from other European nations. America turned away from Europe and began to look West to expand.