The United States and Britain were getting closer to war. The U.S. tried trading with France, but British ships blocked ports. Also, Britain boarded American ships and impressed the sailors. In May 1811, a small fight broke out between an American frigate ship and a British warship. The Americans won, killing 32 British men and destroying the ship. The War Hawks told the rest of congess to prepare for war aginst Britain. Eventually, Madison gave in. Congress voted, 49 opposed, 79 said yes.