What Caused the War of 1812? In 1812, the Napoleonic Wars in far-off Europe began a chain of actions that would lead the newly independent United States into war against Great Britain and its provinces in Canada.
Documenting the War of 1812 Period maps and illustrations and contemporary photographs bring to life the events that led up to the War of 1812, the battles fought, the heroes created, and the war's lasting legacy for both the United States and Canada.
What Caused the War of 1812?
Famous People of the War of 1812
Major Battles of the War of 1812
The Legacy of the War of 1812
Table of Contents
The reasons why the United States and Great Britain went to war in North America and how Canada got involved
Chapter 1 The March Toward War 10
Politics, economics, territorial ambitions, and overseas trade prior to the war
Chapter 2 Taking Over More Land 16
The United States tries to claim more land, bringing it into conflict with Native North Americans and their British allies.
Chapter 3 "A Free Trade and Sailors' Rights" 23
British and Canadian ships try to put a stranglehold on U.S. ports, preventing the United States from trading overseas.
Chapter 4 Debating the War 30
The U.S. president tries to find ways of avoiding armed conflict with Britain.
Chapter 5 Were They Ready for War? 36
The three conflicting nations draw up battle plans forthe war.
More Information and Websites 45