The War Of 1812
By: Carlos Lee
Causes Of The War Of 1812
There were many reasons for the U.S. to declare war on great Britain.
Britain knew how to push our buttons.
These were some of the reasons they pulled us into the war of 1812.
Impressment-The biggest and the main reason was impressment. During, this time, the British were at war with France. Many British soldiers fled to the U.S. because of this British ships boarded American vessels in search of the stray British soldiers while mistaking Americans for British. This angered many Americans because their ships shouldn't be searched if they were not involved between the Britain and the Frances war.
War Hawks-The War Hawks were a group of well-known politicians that saw that war had been the only resolution to the recent problems with Britain. These problems included Impressment, Britain's alliance with the Native Americans, etc. For War Hawks war would solve all these problems and they pushed President Madison to declare war and with most of the country behind them, President Madison declared war. This was the start of the War of 1812
Manifest Destiny-Manifest destiny was the belief the Americans had that they are gonna expand west for it was what God wanted. Americans were previously angered by the proclamation line made while they were still ruled by Britain. This proclamation stated that the colonies were not allowed to cross into Indian territory to settle, but now that they were their own country the decided to move onto the territory bought by President Jefferson during his term called the Louisiana territory. When moving onto the land, there was a problem. The Native Americans refused to let them settle on what they said was their land which caused problems between the new country and them. With the new country overpowering the Native Americans they allied themselves with Britain for the help. The British sent weapons and supplies to the Native Americans which angered Americans even more and brought war back to the political table.