Why we Fought in the War of 1812 Essay

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Why we Fought in the War of

The war of 1812 is considered by some as "the second war for independence."1 The United States had won its independence in 1783, but the British still treated the Americans as though they still had control of them. Americans resented the treatment they received from the British. They felt they were a free country and the British would not recognize them as so. This is believed by many to be the cause of the War of 1812, but no one act can be contributed as such. There were many events leading up to the War of 1812 they built up to the final explosion. These causes range from the Chesapeake to the Non-intercourse act. Although no one act can be contributed as starting the War of 1812, when all the events
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This act would forbid any U.S. ship to sail from an U.S. port to a foreign port. In developing this act, Jefferson had hoped to find an alternating from war. The act failed. American coastal cities were soon desolated. All segments of the American economy were being affected by this act. The paralysis effect on the American economy accompanied by the almost unaffected economy of Great Britain led to only one thing, the American people were turning against one another.3 The American leaders learned one thing from this act, the war could not be fought through economic pressure, it would have to be won by military action.

Accepting the disappointment of the Embargo Act, President Jefferson brought into effect the Non-Intercourse Act. The Non-Intercourse Act was somewhat similar to the Embargo Act, but with one distinct difference. The Non-Intercourse Act continued its no trade with Great Britain and France, but it allowed the U.S. to trade with all other foreign countries.4 This act was intended to bring the American economy out of despair yet continuing to punish Great Britain and France. The Non-Intercourse Act like its predecessor the Embargo Act failed miserably. Congress was forced to restructure the Non-Intercourse Act.5 The message that most Americans were formulating after the Embargo and Non-Intercourse acts was that the United States was not ready to fight. They were unprepared and unwilling to fight the British for control of their

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