How Did The Us Foothold In The War Of 1812

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The War of 1812 was the first war where the US actually declared war on anybody. The US was ready to expand and had their sights on Canada. The Northern states were against going to war as they relied on trade a lot. The Southern and Western states, being more agrarian, wanted expansion. The Americans who were ready for war were referred to as War Hawks, Henry Clay being amongst them. The Federalists were against going to war. America didn't have many ships, their leaders were out of shape and most of them were drinking. The only reason the US gained a foothold in the war was due to Britain being preoccupied in the Napoleonic Wars, which they defeated Napoleon not until 1814. With the defeat of Napoleon came the end of impressment since
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