War of 1812

  • Chesapeake vs. Leapord

    The Chesapeake, an American ship, is fired upon by a British ship, the Leapord. The cause of this incident was the search for British seamen on the american vessel. The United States was outraged; people were killed and severely injured and only one British seaman was found on the Chesapeake. This was one of the many causes of the War of 1812.
  • Jefferson's Embargo on Great Britain

    Thomas Jefferson imposes an embargo on all trade with Great Britian, hoping it will temporarily end conflict and prevent war. However, this embargo ends up failing and results in economic disaster. It was discontinued in 1809. This was also another cause of the War of 1812.
  • The United States declared war on Great Britan

    The United States declared war on Great Britan, beginning the war of 1812.
  • Siege of Detroit

    Even though the Americans greatly outnumbered the British and their Native American allies, general William Hull surrendered Detroit to British general Issac Brock. This loss transformed the North and abolised all hopes of successfully marching into Canada.
  • Battle of York

    York is captured and burned by American troops after a victory. This later leads to the burning of the nation's capital, Washington, DC, by British troops.
  • British burn Washington, DC

    The British burn the capital, Washington, DC, in retaliation for the burning of York. This causes James Madison, president at the time, to flee.
  • Battle of Plattsburgh

    The American naval force defeated a British fleet. This helped lead to the conclusion of peace negotiations. It is also a major American victory that secured its northern border.
  • Treaty of Ghent Signed

    The Treaty of Ghent was signed to end the War of 1812. It returned all conquered territory and established the border between the United States and Canada.
  • Battle of New Orleans

    Andrew Jackson defeats the British at the Battle of New Orleans in a matter of thirty minutes. This is the last major battle of the War of 1812 and shows Jackson's exceptional abilities as general.
  • Treaty of Ghent Ratified

    The Treaty of Ghent is ratified by the United States Senate, officially ending the War of 1812.