Great Britain and Spain

America's Relationship between Great Britain and Spain

Napoleonic Wars

The United States tried to stay neutral throughout the Napoleonic period, but eventually got entangled in the European conflicts which lead to the War of 1812 against Great Britain. During the time that Napoleon Bonaparte seized power in 1799 and overthrew the French, the U.S. and French concluded negotiations to end the Quasi-War with France.

Embargo of 1807

James Madison and President Jefferson created a policy of economic coercion, in response to the denial of American sovereignty. This Embargo of 1807 prevented U.S. ships from having any trade with Europe in beliefs that the dependence of American goods would end up forcing France and England to honor American Neutrality. But, the planned backfired because the Republican leaders failed to see how truly dedicated the superpowers were to carrying on the war despite the high costs of it.

Citations

"Napoleonic Wars and the United States, 1803-1815." History.state.gov. U.S. Department of

State Office of the Historian, n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2013.

"War of 1812-1815." History.state.gov. U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian, n.d.

Web. 17 Apr. 2013.