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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentOther - Politics & Government · 8 years ago

war of 1812 result for the united states?

looking at the causes and effects of the war of 1812, how did the united states come out ahead after the war?

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  • 8 years ago
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    According to the American declaration of war, war was declared because of British maritime outrages (the Right of Search and the Orders-in-Council). The Treaty of Ghent doesn't mention the first, and the second were repealed in 1812, before Great Britain heard about the U.S. declaration of war. However, there were several advantages that did come to the U.S. after the war. The first was that the war that Great Britain was fighting with Napoleon was now over, so Great Britain no longer had to use the Right of Search to find sailors to man its ships. The second was that the United States had captured land in the South, most of it previously held by the Creeks, but some previously claimed by Spain. The third was that, after Tecumseh's death, his confederation of Indians had fell apart, so the United States were well placed to remove more Indians from their land. As well (although it's hard to measure this one) the United States had probably earned a greater measure of respect from Great Britain.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    What result? The US lost, plain and simple.

    Freedom of the seas and impressment were circular arguments that went nowhere. The British re-captured escaped British seamen and put them back where they properly belonged in the Royal Navy. The US granted these escapees instant US citizenship because of a labour shortage--of trained seamen.

    When the Napoleonic War ended in 1815 the British were ready to ship their battle-hardened troops from Europe to finish off the Americans. The Americans quickly caved in and the Treaty of Ghent put everything back where it was before.

    Impressment ended not because of some great American victory or principle but because the British didn't need the men: the Napoleonic War was over and they were discharging troops and seamen by the thousands.

    If the US had won the War of 1812:

    1. There would be no Canada

    2. Americans wouldn't be talking about peripheral issues like impressment or the Battle of New Orleans.

    3. The end of the War of 1812 would probably be a US national holiday

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  • Kojak
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    The answer to this depends on who you talk to.....the British have a different take than the Americans

    From the American point of view....the war if 1812 is often referred to as the "Second American Revolution"....... America was disturbed that our sovereignty was not being respected by the British..... England would routinely illegally stop American ships on the high seas and force American sailors to serve on the British ships...... we demanded full rights to "nationhood"..... when Britain refused to respect us......once they agreed to halt these illegal activities..... the war ended..... we won

    The British see it as a war for Canada.... and they see the fact that they retained Canada as a win for them.

    The British like to point at the fact they "burned the White House".....but they never mention the Battle of New Orleans.....where a few hundred rag tag Americans killed over 2,000 prime British troops and several of their generals..... while losing less than 50 men themselves

    the war ended shortly there after

    EDIT.....Perfect example......JD does not mention the British losing six generals and over two thousand prime troops at the Battle of New Orleans.... coincidentally just prior to the cessation of hostilities.....and the fact that England also coincidentally stopped the impressment of American sailors was also just a trivial event of no importance..... and why would they call it the "SECOND War for Independence".....if it was a war for the conquest of Canada......

    Why is JD's British "face saving" version more valid?..... because he says so...... we attacked Canada simply because that is where the British were.....after defeating the cream of the British military at New Orleans.....nothing stood in our way if we had wanted Canada..... Hell,the British could not even kick the French out of Quebec much less stop us if we had wanted Canada


    The Americans declared war in 1812 for several reasons, including trade restrictions due to Britain's ongoing war with France, the impressment of American merchant sailors into the Royal Navy, British support of American Indian tribes against American expansion, and outrage over insults to national honor after humiliations on the high seas. Tied down in Europe until 1814, the British at first used defensive strategy,however, the Americans gained control over Lake Erie in 1813, seized parts of western Ontario, and destroyed the dream of an Indian confederacy and an independent Indian state in the Midwest under British sponsorship. In the Southwest, General Andrew Jackson destroyed the military strength of the Creek nation at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1814. With the defeat of Napoleon in 1814, the British adopted a more aggressive strategy, sending in three large invasion armies. The British victory at the Battle of Bladensburg in August 1814 allowed them to capture and burn Washington, D.C. American victories in September 1814 and January 1815 repulsed all three British invasions in New York, Baltimore and New Orleans.

    American successes at sea were characterized by single ship duels against British frigates, and combat against British provincial vessels on the Great Lakes, such as at the action on Lake Erie. Both land and naval battles were fought on the frontier, which ran along the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence River. The South and the Gulf coast saw major land battles in which the American forces destroyed Britain's Indian allies and repulsed the main British invasion force at New Orleans. Both sides invaded each other's territory At the end of the war, both sides occupied parts of the other's territory, but these areas were restored by the Treaty of Ghent.

    In the United States, battles such as the Battle of New Orleans of 1815 and the Battle of Baltimore of 1814 produced a sense of euphoria over a "second war of independence" against Britain. The war is scarcely remembered in Britain today, it regarded the war as a sideshow to the war against Napoleon raging in Europe.

    America attained what it fought the war for.....ergo America won the war

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