The War of 1812 was mainly between the United States and Great Britain. The “relatively small conflict” (Heidler & Heidler, 2002, p.1) lasted for almost three years—from June of 1812 to Spring of 1815. The war still continued for a few months after a peace treaty ending the war was signed in Europe in December of 1814.
The war was mainly borne from the heated conflict between European superpowers Great Britain and France “pursued war policies that threatened the economic policies of the United States” (Heidler & Heidler, 2002, p.1).
[...] The Battle of New Orleans While the treaty was already signed, the American and British troops had no idea that the war was technically over. Still they pursued their missions. The British forces were able to assemble around 50 ships and 10,000 troops from Jamaica. Sir Edward Pakenham was their leader. On the other side, Major General Andrew Jackson known as Hickory,” was also preparing for battle. They were outnumbered but they were knowledgeable of the terrain. The British troops advanced and scattered a few members of the American fleet along the way. [...]
[...] The President of the United States had to run off and hide. The British troops then pursued Baltimore. The American resistance here was stronger and had caused the British to retire. British Retreat to Canada On September the flotilla headed by Capt. Thomas McDonough triumphed in the naval battle of Lake Champlain. They were able to obliterate the British fleet. In the fear of losing communication with their comrades, the British army fled to Canada. The Treaty of Ghent In the middle of 1914, the British started peace negotiations with the Americans in Ghent. [...]
[...] Perhaps the American government took advantage of the fact the Britain is currently at war with France in the Napoleonic Wars of 1803 to 1815. Some of the more notable events that transpired during this war were the following the failure of the United States to conquer Canada; the Americans' relative success in their naval defenses against the British; the entry of the British in the United States fresh from their victory against Napoleon; destruction of the British fleet by a relatively weak American force headed by Capt. [...]
[...] The war was absurd because of the following reasons: one of the reasons for the dispute, the orders in council were actually withdrawn prior to the declaration of war and yet it still persisted; the issue of impressments, the other reason for the dispute was not included in the peace treaty; that the president of the United States was driven out of Washington by a small number of British soldiers; and due to the British Isles, a few American privateers have terrorized commerce in the narrow seas (1949, p.387).These absurdities may be the reason why the public school system may hesitate to go into details about this war. [...]
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