War of 1812 worst fought war1 Essay

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war of 1812 worst fought war1





A.P. History
Essay on the War of 1812

The War of 1812 also know as "The Second American War for Independance" (Bailey pg. 233)
was fought between the meeger forces of the American government and the supreme power of
Great Britain. The war ended in 1815 with the treaty of Gehnt, this treaty wasnt really a
treaty but an armastice or surrender of arms. The American military suffered from defeat
after defeat during the begining of the war, these loses could be contributed to by the
lack of citizen support in the time of war, also the lack in size and power of the
American military. These factor validate the statement that the War of 1812 was the "Worst
fought American war."


At the begining of the war America was fighting with Great Britain for regress of
greivances such as forcefull impressment of sailors, and seizure of American cargos. Plus
the extraction of British troups from the Ohio valley which was previously promised in two
former treaties, Jays treaty and the Treaty of Paris. The regress of grievances was just a
stepping stone for American ambition, after the start of the war Americans thought wouldnt
it be great if we could add Canada and Spanish Florida to our ever expanding bounderies.
But the backing of the war wasnt there politicaly the northern merchants were affraid of
the deletion of trade options with Britain because of the war. The southern farmers were
also against the war because Britain was there main purchaser of cotton and indigo. On the
other hand you have to Backcountry farmers who need more room to expand there farms or
find better soil for crops who wanted to the war to expand there expansion areas. Support
also came from the deep southern farmers who wanted Florida for there own. The ideas
between both of these groups created political disunity between the states, making them
quarel among themselves weakening the national government.


As we travel back a little in time we come to Jefferson's administration, he beleived in a
week national government which also meant a week army. It is common sense that a week army
cant defend a nation of mass proportions against a large army. Since the American army had
been reduced by the Anti Federalist presidents, the army being the size it was just
couldnt withstand such massive odds against it. The one strong part of the military wasnt
the Army it was the Navy. It was well known that Britain had the best Navy in the world,
for the simple knowledge that if you live on an island an invasion force isnt very good if
you cant get to the country to attack it. America didnt need a strong navy for the simple
reason its a large massive rock if your going to attack its usually by land so we need a
large army. Well that turned out to be the simple opposite, but it wasnt the size of our
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