The Formation of a National Governmen1

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The Formation of a National Government Leaders crafted constitutional, legal basis for young nation Hostilities began with an invasion of Canada, which, if properly timed and executed,  would have brought united action against Montreal. Instead, the entire campaign  miscarried and ended with the British occupation of Detroit. The U.S. Navy, however,  scored successes.  In addition, American privateers, swarming the Atlantic, captured  500 British vessels during the fall and winter months o f 1812 and 1813. The campaign of 1813 centered on Lake Erie. General William Henry Harrison – who  would later become president – led an army of militia, volunteers, and regulars from  Kentucky with the object of reconquering Detroit. On September 12, while he was still in  upper Ohio, news reached him that Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry had annihilated 
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Unformatted text preview: the British fleet on Lake Erie. Harrison occupied Detroit and pushed into Canada, defeating the fleeing British and their Indian allies on the Thames River. The entire region now came under American control. A year later Commodore Thomas Macdonough won a point-blank gun duel with a British flotilla on Lake Champlain in upper New York. Deprived of naval support, a British invasion force of 10,000 men retreated to Canada. Nevertheless, the British fleet harassed the Eastern seaboard with orders to "destroy and lay waste." On the night of August 24, 1814, an expeditionary force routed American militia, marched to Washington, D.C., and left the city in flames. President James Madison fled to Virginia....
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