The War of 1812

  • Chesapeake Affair

    A naval engagement that occured between the British warship and American frigate. The British crew attacked and boarded the American ship looking for deserters from the Royal Navy.
  • Embargo Act

    Enacted by the US congress against the UK and France during the Napoleonic Wars. Stopped all trade between America and any other country.
  • Non-Intercourse Act

    Lifted all embargoes on American shipping except for those ound for British of French ports. Intended to damage the UK and France economies.
  • Macon's Bill #2

    became law in the US, was intended to motivate Britain and Fance to stop seizing American vessels during the Napoleonic Wars
  • War Hawks

    From November 1811 to June 1812. War Hawks=coterie of twenty Democratic-Reppublicans who persuaded Congress into supporting a declaration of war against Britain.
  • Washington D.C. Burned

    British troops burn the White House and Capitol, aiming to demoralize America and take Baltimore.
  • American Hartford Convention

    Late 1814. Delegates from MA, Connecticut, RI, NH, and Vermont sent them to Hartford where they met in secret for three weeks. Asked for the federal government to supply financial aid to help NE's trade economy, and for a new Constitutional amendment which required a two-thirds majority as opposed to 51%.
  • Treaty of Ghent

    Ended the war of 1812. GB agreed to relinquish claims to the Northwest territory and both countries pledged to work toward ending the slave trade. America gained influence as a foreign power.
  • The Battle of New Orleans

    The British marched against New Orleans hoping that by capturing the city they could separate Louisiana from the rest of the US. Andrew Jackson and his militiamen were entrenched at the Rodriquez Canal, British were unable to get past the US forces and the American troops decimated the Brits.