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Warof1812 - Causes of the War of 1812 Causes of the War of...

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Unformatted text preview: Causes of the War of 1812 Causes of the War of 1812 During Jefferson's presidency (18001808), Britain and France were continually at war. To weaken each other, they began seizing American ships to prevent trade between America and Britain/France Between 18031807 Britain seized more than 1,000 ships Jefferson tried to combat these seizures by installing the Embargo Act (1807), which forbid trade to foreign countries. Jefferson thought Britain/France would want to make peace, but it actually hurt America economically. No exports going out to bring in $ (money). Repealed in 1809, but still no trade to Britain/France Causes of the War of 1812 Many people began to call for war against Britain and these people were called War Hawks. Mostly westerners. New Englanders were against the war b/c they felt it would hurt trade. Many Americans were also angry that the British were arming and encouraging Native Americans to attack the U.S. In June of 1812, Congress declared war on Britain. Neither country was truly ready for the war; U.S. army was poorly funded b/c of Jefferson's cuts and the British were busy fighting the French. U.S. navy was greatly outnumbered in terms of ships. ...
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