Results of the War of 1812

The War of 1812 grew out of the continuing tension between France and Great Britain. Napoleon continued striving to conquer Britain, while the U.S. continued trade with both countries, but favored France and the French colonies. Because of what Britain saw as an alliance between America and France, they determined to bring an end to trade between the two nations. With the British preventing U.S. trade with the French and the French preventing trade with the British, James Madison’s presidency introduced acts to regulate international trade. If either Britain or France removed their restrictions, America would not trade with the other country. Napoleon acted first, and Madison prohibited trade with England. England saw this as the U.S. formally siding with the French, and war ensued in 1812. The War of 1812 has been called the Second American Revolution. It established the superiority of the US naval forces and reestablished US independence from Britain and Europe. The British had two major objections to America’s continued trade with France. First, they saw the U.S. as helping France’s war effort by providing supplies and goods. Second, the United States had grown into a competitor, taking trade and money away from British ships and tradesmen. In their attempts to end American trade with France, the British put into effect the Orders in Council, which made any and all French-owned ports off-limits to American ships. They also began to seize American ships and conscript their crews.


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