Taylor, 1812: The Civil War, p. 56, 444; and George Sheppard, Plunder, Profit, and Paroles: A Social History of the War of 1812 in Upper Canada (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1994), p. 37.
Ibid., p. 137; and Gene Allen Smith, The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), p. 75.
Jerald A. Combs, The History of American Foreign Policy, Volume I: To 1917 (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1986), p. 52, 49; and Donald R. Hickey, The War of 1812: A Short History (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1989), p. 11.
Johnson, Jefferson, and Harper quoted in Julius W. Pratt, Expansionists of 1812 (New York: Macmillan Company, 1925), pp. 51-52, 153. Clay quoted in James Hannay, History of the War of 1812 (Toronto: Morang & Co., limited, 1905), pp. 27-28.
James G. Cusiak, The Other War of 1812: The Patriot War and the American Invasion of Spanish East Florida (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2003), p. 32.
So, in 1812, the United States declared war against Great Britain. For the previous 20 years, Britain had claimed the right to intercept American ships on the high seas, seize their cargoes, and search their crews for British navy deserters. At war with France since 1793, Britain defended these actions as necessary wartime measures. Indignant Americans called them violations of their rights as a neutral and sovereign nation. In many ways, this was a "second war of independence."
This seems like a pretty solid cause for war and one that patriots could really get behind. However, the War of 1812 is often called a "forgotten war" because, well, do you know anything about it? Most Americans can't remember what it was about, and it sort of just fizzled into uselessness by the end.
Right from the start Perkins argued that the war of 1812 was the product of resentment at various British actions which challenged American sovereignty on sea, and on land....
Even though the War of 1812 didn't result in a major military victory, and our northern brothers are still Canadian and not American, there were some interesting battles that took place in the war as well as some real shows of heroism and some individuals who stood out as real Tough Mudders.
Several events which compounded upon each other lead to the American-British War of 1812 which ended officially in 1814 with the peace Treaty of Ghent.
None of the issues which instigated war were really resolved and it would seem that for the US, the War of 1812 was just a series of failures and few triumphs that, in the end, cost the Natives more than anyone else.
The War of 1812 was also in response to a series of economic actions taken by the British and French against the United States as a part Napoleon’s rise to power, as well as the American people being angered at the British practice of impressments....
The major causes of the War of 1812 were a series of economic revisions passed by the British and French against the United States as unintended consequences of the Napoleonic Wars and American unhappiness at the British practice of impressment, especially after the Chesapeake incident of 1807.
“Freedom Halifax, 1814,” painting by Richard Rudnicki, depicting the arrival of black refugees to Halifax during the War of 1812 (commissioned by the Army Museum at Halifax Citadel)
The immediate causes of the War of 1812 were a series of economic sanctions taken by the British and French against the United States as part of the Napoleonic Wars and American displeasure at the British practice of impressments, especially after the Chesapeake incident of 1807.