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AMERICA AT WAR Name: Marlaine Duenas Directions: Provide a 200-300 word response for each prompt. In addition to the Topic 7 readings (including your textbook), be sure to cite relevant scholarly sources provided on the Topic PowerPoints or the GCU Library. What were the causes of the war? What attempts were made beforehand to prevent war? There were four reasons that lead to the War of 1812. (1) The War of 1812 began when Britain and France were are war with each other in 1803 which was also “called the Napoleonic Wars”, (Schultz, 2018, p. 168). These two had both been a “primary economic competitor” for America (Shultz, 2018, p. 168). America remained neutral during the war and gained more from the battle between its two “primary economic competitors”, (Schultz, 2018, p. 168). Although America remained neutral, Britain refused to have American ships trade with France and France thought the same. To keep American ships from trading with France and France with Britain, they raided and attacked any and all American ships bound the opposing side. (2) The Embargo Act was established by President Jefferson in 1807, in hopes for both sides to recognize America’s neutrality in their war. This act was later repealed by Congress due to its shortcomings and was replaced with the Non- Intercourse Act of 1809. This act had the same objective for displaying America’s neutrality in the Napoleonic Wars. Eventually, however, the French emperor, Napoleon saw and knew how frustrated Americans was with British. As a tactical maneuver Napoleon announced that he would respect America’s neutrality between France and Britain; by doing so, this left Britain as the only “violator the American neutrality rights”, (Schultz, 2018, p. 168). (3) Impressment was another issue for Americans. Leading up to the War of 1812, the British “impressed between 4,000 and 10,000 Americans” onto their naval ship for military use (Schultz, 2018, p. 168). (4) The last cause of the War of 1812 is the Battles for the West. The anger that America had felt towards

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