War of 1812 Essay

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War of 1812 Essay Susan Henderson IB HOTA Mr. Feicht Throughout the 19th century, America transformed from a small, developing country into a world power. It was able to earn some credibility with other countries after it worked so hard to gain its independence in 1776. The United States also made many enemies after its monumental success. Acquisitions of land due to events such as The Louisiana Purchase, the Mexican Cession and the addition of Alaska, Florida, Oregon, and Texas tripled the size of the United States from 890,000 sq. miles to 2.73 million sq. miles in less than 100 years. One of the events that catalyzed this expansion was the War of 1812. The war is sometimes called “America’s second war for…show more content…
Canada had realized the increasingly hostile relations between the United States and Britain, and because of this they began making friendships with Indians residing in the Northwest region of the United States (Feicht). During the war, Americans called for an invasion of Canada mainly because of the support the British were giving the Indians of the Northwest. The war of 1812 had a few small effects on the United States at the time, but these accomplishments would lead to larger things. America gained international respect after the war for resisting Great Britain for the second time in less than forty years. They retained the independence that they had so rightfully deserved. Not only did the war prove the U.S.’s military, but it also strengthened its army (Feicht). The U.S. learned how to train its servicemen, and it now had battle tested leaders. This factor would help the U.S. create one of the most powerful militaries in the world. Its military would later help America expand by land acquisitions from the Spanish-American and Mexican-American Wars (Feicht). The War of 1812 also strengthened America’s economy. The British blockade of America’s coast forced the U.S. to manufacture goods it normally imported; therefore, after the war, dependence on foreign countries was greatly diminished. Canada was actually

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