War Of 1812 Essay

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War of 1812
The War of 1812 is one of the forgotten wars of the United States. The war lasted for over two years, and while it ended much like it started: in a stalemate. The invasive actions of the United States failed in almost every attempt to capture Canada. On the other hand, the British army was successfully stopped when it attempted to capture Baltimore and New Orleans. The primary causes of the war were England’s refusal to restrict trading with America, conflict with the Indians, and America’s ambition to expand. The results, however, did not reflect the desired outcome of the Indians, British, nor the Americans.
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Although the Indians were unsuccessful at the Battle of Tippecanoe, they continued to raid and terrorize white settlements. The Americans knew that the British were supplying and encouraging the Indians, so they felt the only way to stay safe in the West was "to drive the British out of Canada and annex that province to the United States" (Brinkley 192).
In the summer of 1812, all the pieces fell into place for a war. The British had just defeated the French Empire, and were giving full attention to the situation in America. Indian warriors continued to terrorize white settlements, and the American forces were now ready to invade Canada through Detroit.
The strong British navy counterattacked the American forces that had only one victory in the invasion of Canada. Their success only weakened the Indians in the Northwest and did not provide much in the way of new territory. The Americans had great success against the Indians in the south, but they were not enough to win the war. Meanwhile the British forces defeated a group of weak American militiamen guarding the United States capital. The British set fire to Washington then proceeded up the bay to Baltimore where they...

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