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The War of 1812

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    The War of 1812

  • President Madison takes office

    President Madison takes office
    Madison Helped write the Constitution & to pass the Bill of Rights. When he took office tension was high with Britain. Madison wanted to keep away war but Americans disagreed. Americans were angry at Britain because they supplied the Native Americans. Americans thought the countries honor instake.
  • War Hawks Take Power

    War Hawks Take Power
    War hawks were angry that Britain still was impressing American sailors. When Henry Clay & John Calhoun became leaders in the House of Representatives everything went crazy. They pursuaded Congress to go into war. War Hawks believed war was the only solution. War hawks are those who are eager for war with Britain.
  • Relations with Great Britain Worsen

    Relations with Great Britain Worsen
    The British told the U.S they would continue to impress sailors, and war hawks believed there should be war. Britain was still supplying Native Americans with weapons. Britain was even encouraging Native Americans to Attack.
  • Congress Declares War on Britain

    Congress Declares War on Britain
    The house voted 79 to 49 in favor of war. Even though Britain wanted war they were still in war with Europe they wouldn't back down. Americans weren't perpared, Some where happy for war and some disagreed. The USS Constitution was used by the U.S.
  • America is not Ready for War

    America is not Ready for War
    Americans felt confident about the war but after they found out they weren't ready for war they became worried. The Military was weak and there were only 16 warships ready for war. The army was small too, only 7,00 men. All because of Jefferson.
  • Britain Blockades American Ports

    Britain Blockades American Ports
    Britain wanted to stop American trade with other countries so the British navy had 135 warships bloackade American Ports. The American navy couldn't break the blockades either. Therefore all American ports were bloocked off.
  • Invation of Canada

    Invation of Canada
    American troops led by Gen. William Hull invaded Canada from Detroit. William feared he didn't have enough soldiers so he retreated. THe British commander Gen. Isaa Brock took advantage of Hulls retreat and surrounded Hulls army with Native Americans.The British forced Hull to surrender.
  • USS Constitution Scores A Victory

    USS Constitution Scores A Victory
    At American ports Britain and America were closing in on each other, they were there for about an hour. The Britain ship was named Gueriere and the American ship was named USS Constitution. The Constitution tore holes in the sides of Gueriere & shot of both masts. The sailors niccknamed the Constitution "Old Ironsides" because Britain artilery fire bounced of the ships thick wooden hull.
  • Battle at Lake Erie

    Battle at Lake Erie
    Both Britain and America knew controlling Lake Erie was really important. A three hour battle took place at Put-In-Bay. American flagship was badly damaged. The American Commander Oliver Hazard Perry switched to another ship and kept fighting. In the end the Americans won.
  • Battle of Thames

    Battle of Thames
    William Harrison led American forces and Britain forces were led by Henry Procter. The Brtitish were driven from Detroit while Harrison followed their retreating army into Ontario & up Thames River. Tecumseh was slain in battle, this completly destroyed the native confederacy in which now the U.S controlled the NorthWest now.
  • Horseshoe Bend

    Horseshoe Bend
    Andrew Jackson took command of the American forces and Jackson defeated the Creeks at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. The Cherokees helped too. The Creek warriors attacked Southern America settlements but soon had to give up land because of the treaty that ended the fighting.
  • Washington D.C attacked and burned

    Washington D.C attacked and burned
    The British forces marched into Washington D.C. The British Strategy was to attack the nations capital. The British set fire to several govt. buildings including the White House, but not before Dolly Madison, the Presidents wife, gathered the president's important papers and left. The American army could not defend Washington.
  • Attack on Baltimore

    Attack on Baltimore
    Britain went after Fort McHenry which defended the city's harbor. Britain warships bombarded the fort, but the American flag was still flying over the fort. The Americans had beaten of the attack.
  • Writing the Star-Spangled Banner

    Writing the Star-Spangled Banner
    This peom better now known as song was written by Francis Scott Key. This peom was about the battle at Baltimore. He was a watchman and saw the whole thing go down. He wrote this peom down on the back of an envolpoe and in 1931 it was made into music and became the U.S National Anthem.
  • Hartford Convention

    Hartford Convention
    Federalists critized President Madison, some federalists met at Hartford, Conneticut where they talked and suggested that New England states should withdraw from the U.S. The Hartford Convention quickly ended though after the treaty arrived, they did this because they really did not want to start another conflict.
  • Treaty of Ghent

    Treaty of Ghent
    Some people thought that war was bad but other thought otherwise. There was a treaty signed in the city of Ghent, Belgium that said Britian and U.S both agreed to restore prewar conditions. The treaty had nothing about nothing impressement & neutrality. "Nothing was adjussted, Nothing was settled."
  • Battle at New Orleans

    Battle at New Orleans
    Even though the peace agreement was signed word didn't get around fast enough to end the Battle at New Orleans. This was the last battle between the British and the Americans. Britain was hoping to seperate Louisiana from the U.S. Americans were led by Gen. Andrew Jackson and the American forces won.