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War of 1812. Causes for the War of 1812 The British Navy is taking American sailors from American ships to sail on British ships. This is called impressment.

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1 War of 1812

2 Causes for the War of 1812 The British Navy is taking American sailors from American ships to sail on British ships. This is called impressment.

3 Causes of War 1812 Britain and France remain at war; Britain seizes American merchant ships bound for France U.S. passes Embargo act of 1807 after British attack on the USS Chesapeake (killing 21 and wounding 18) which prohibited trade with other nations. American exports fell drastically that lead to protests and repeal of Embargo Act impressmentBritain forces U.S. sailors to serve in British navy a practice known as impressment

4 Native American Causes for the War of 1812 The British army is supporting Native American resistance to American expansion on their land. British were interfering and providing weapons to the Indians in uprisings; ie Ohio State in 1803

5 Causes for the War of 1812 The United States has a desire to expand into more territory like British Canada The real cause for this land grab is because of a poor transportation system and effects from the Embargo Act Americans believe that seizing more land will end the depression

6 Tecumseh and Indian Nationalism Tecumseh, a Shawnee chief attempts to unify Indian tribes that have been removed from the Ohio River Valley His brother, the Prophet preached that Indians should reject White ways and embrace their heritage The brothers have a large following but their hopes are destroyed at the battle of fallen Timbers

7 Political Debate Supporters War Hawks” in Congress who want to expand US territory into British Canada & Spanish held Florida urge war Regions included southerners and westerners who were land hungry and had a problem controlling the Indians Supporters –Henry Clay –Kentucky –John Calhoun – S. Carolina –Felix Grundy - Tennessee Opponents Federalist party supporters and members New Englanders who feared that a British blockade would shutdown trade and manufacturing creating unemployment and depression Opponents included: –Daniel Webster

8 War Begins Gen. William Henry Harrison fought an initial battle at Tippecanoe and the Indians rose all over the frontier. War Hawks believed that war against the British in Canada would stop this source of Indian incitement. saw this as an opportunity for complete destruction and pacification of the Native Americans.

9 American Shortcomings in The War of 1812 The military is poorly trained and led The U.S. navy is no match for the British navy American forces attempt to seize Canada but are poorly led and militia forces Americans are forced to fight a defensive war against an invading professional army

10 The Battle of Thames October 5, 1813, British and Indian forces are defeated by American forces in Canada Tecumseh’s death ends Indian resistance in the Ohio River Valley

11 The British Burn the Capital August 1814, the British Army invades the United States and marches on Washington D.C. After a brief fight the city surrenders and nearly all government buildings are razed by fire Madison rallies the American public after this defeat

12 “The Star Spangled Banner” Francis Scott Key, a prisoner on a British barge witnessed the British bombardment of Fort McHenry, near Baltimore for 12 hours In the morning he observed that the American flag still flew over the fort and writes a poem called “The Defence of Ft McHenry” it eventually becomes a song “The Star Spangled Banner” Americans rally to the war effort after the capital is burnt down

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14 Treaty Of Ghent Napoleon’s surrender in May 1814 The poor British importance of European affairs took priority. The Treaty of Ghent signed in December 1814, provided for no territorial changes or concessions.

15 The Battle of New Orleans American forces at New Orleans are led by General Andrew Jackson whose army inflicts great casualties on the British army The battle was more decisive in promoting Jackson’spolitical career than in ending the war – the victory came two weeks after the peace had been signed.

16 Results of the War 1) The war won British respect for the fighting ability of American Navy and the ability of American diplomats. 2) American dislike of Britain was renewed and extended after the war, but the maritime issues ceased to be a problem with the peace. 3) Defeat of the Native American tribes opened the whole area east of the Mississippi to settlement. – Native American tribes in midwest lost their ally, Britain; quickens westward expansion

17 4) peace in Europe left America free to concentrate on its territorial expansion and other matters. 5) The war increased the American spirit of nationalism and overcame disruptive forces of sectionalism 6) Trade interruptions before and during the war forced a significant growth of American manufacturing.


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