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The War of 1812
For many students of American history, the War of 1812 is a subject of great controversy.The war of 1812 was war between the United States of America and Great Britain allied by the Indians. Most citizens of the United States did not wish it, and the British government, at war with Napoleon, certainly did not want it.
In an article “The War of 1812“ by Thomas Carson it stated that “The war of 1812 had just as much to do with American trading as it did with foreign powers respecting the rights o American citizens.”(The war of 1812, Paragraph 2) Not respecting America citizens was one of many causes of this war. Impressment was the major maritime cause of the war. Britain ...view middle of the document...

As in the American Revolution, an invasion of Canada was mounted with the twin objectives of confining the war to British Canadian territory and acquiring new economically productive territory for the United States. The invasion, however, proved to be unsuccessful and the war was fought mainly in the United States. Forces transported from England quickly expanded the theater of operations to encompass the mid-Atlantic coast as well as U.S. territories along much of the Gulf of Mexico. The theater of war thus included territory from Canada and the Canadian borderlands south to New Orleans.
By summer 1814, British leaders had every reason to feel confident about the course of the war with the Americans. With Napoleon safely dispatched to Elba, British land and sea forces were freed up to fight the Americans. U.S. strategy called for attacking British maritime commerce instead of engaging the Royal Navy in a hopeless direct confrontation. Individual ships, eluding the British blockade and joined by a number of privateers, cruised the oceans, attacking targets of...

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