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Wesley's picture
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War of 1812?

Hey I need some help. My teacher keeps talking about the war of 1812, and i have no idea what that was. well it was a war in 1812. But I need some more specific info. Like why is it so darn important? Anyone? :confused:

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Joined: Oct 2005

Is this a serious question? Do you have a textbook to read? Or rather do you read it? Also, this is quite lazy because all you need to do is type in War of 1812 and you will get a million sites explaining what it was and its importance.

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Joined: Sep 2005

true......but here is the info from THIS site....

The war of 1812 was one which the Americans were not prepared to fight. The young congressman known as War Hawks pushed Madison into a struggle for which the country was not prepared and which ended without victory.

1. Due to widespread disunity, the War of 1812 ranks as one of America’s worst fought wars.

2. There was not burning national anger, like there was after the Chesapeake outrage; the regular army was very bad and scattered and had old, senile generals, and the offensive strategy against Canada was especially poorly conceived.

a. Had the Americans captured Montreal, everything west would have wilted like a tree after its trunk has been severed, but the Americans instead focused a three-pronged attack that set out from Detroit, Niagara, and Lake Champlain, all of which were beaten back.
1. In August 1814, British troops landed in the Chesapeake Bay area, dispersed 6000 panicked Americans at Bladensburg, and proceeded to enter Washington D.C. and burn most of the buildings there.

2. At Baltimore, another British fleet arrived but was beaten back by the privateer defenders of Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star Spangled Banner.”

3. Another British army menaced the entire Mississippi Valley and threatened New Orleans, and Andrew Jackson, fresh off his slaughter of the Creek Indians, led a hodgepodge force of 7000 sailors, regulars, pirates, and Frenchmen, entrenching them and helping them defeat 8000 overconfident British that had launched a frontal attack.

III. The Treaty of Ghent

1. At first, the confident British made sweeping demands for a neutralized Indian buffer state in the Great Lakes region, control of the Great Lakes, and a substantial part of conquered Maine, but the Americans, led by John Quincy Adams, refused. As American victories piled up, though, the British reconsidered.

2. The Treat of Ghent, signed on December 24, 1814, was an armistice, acknowledging the draw in the war and ignoring any other demands of either side.

That kindof sums it up(i wouldn't really know since I didn't read it).....hope it helped.....

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Joined: Nov 2005

Hey thanks for the help guys. it's much apreshiated.

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