War of 1812

By Saltine
  • Embargo Act

    British Impressment forced the nations to the brink of war, and TJ wanted to try to resolve the conflict without bloodshed, so he passed this measure to stop foreign trade and thus stop impressment. This act caused suffering across the US.
  • Non-Intercourse Act

    Since the wars in Europe had ended, a bill was passed allowing the trade embargoes to be withdrawn for all countries except for Britain and France. This angered Britain and France more and contributed to the coming war.
  • Macon's Bill Number 2

    The failure of the Non-Intercourse act and the need to try to get Britain and France to stop seizures of American ships prompted this act to be passed. It lifted all Embargoes on Britain and France. This led to heightened tentions with Britain after France offered neutrality to American ships.
  • Battle of Tippecanoe

    Tecumseh had begun to unite the tribes under the idea that all Native American lands were shared between all tribes. William Henry Harrison felt threatened, and decided to attack them. He defeated them, cementing them as enemies who would fight against the US again once the War of 1812 began.
  • Declaration of War

    Due to public and political pressure caused by continuing impressment of American sailors and seizure of US ships, Jefferson asked congress to declare war, sending America into its first war in the 29 years since it gained sovereignity.
  • USS Constitution vs HMS Guerriere

    After the war started, this battle ocurred when the two ships accidentally came near each other in the ocean. Americans won, and this was a big morale booster going into the war.
  • Invasion of Canada

    Due to the attractiveness of conquering Canada, Americans invaded it, and were defeated and subsequently driven back into America.
  • Battle of the Thames

    The Americans secured Lake Erie, forcing the british to retreat. This battle was a great American victory which lead to the death of the Native American leader, Tecumseh. This also secured America from attack from the North.
  • Battle of Bladensburg

    The Secretary of War ignored warnings that Washington, DC would be attacked. The British attacked, and ended up burning down much of DC.
  • Treaty of Ghent

    Britain realized it was hurting them to keep fighting, so they decided to make a treaty where prisoners were exchanged and that was all. This returned all the prisoners of both sides along with seized ships, and awaited approval for the war to be ended.