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The War of 1812
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The Course of Events

British impress American sailors
High seas
British captains took over 10,000 American citizens to man ships.
Chesapeake -Leopard fight
June 1807
3 miles off Norfolk, Virginia
Chesapeake fired on by Leopard after refusing to be boarded. 3 Americans killed, 18 wounded.
Embargo Act
December 1807
Washington, D.C.
Jefferson's attempt at "peaceful coercion" resulted in economic disaster for merchants.
War Hawks elected to Congress
Calhoun, Clay, others bothered by insults to U.S. and Indian presence
Battle of Tippecanoe
Ohio River Valley
Tecumseh's brother (the Prophet) led attack on Harrison's army of 1000.
Congress declares "Mr. Madison's War"
June 18, 1812
Washington, D.C.
Pushed by War Hawks, Madison asked for declaration. All Federalists oppose it.
British capture Ft. Mackinac
August 16, 1812
U.S. lost fort as British invade American territory.
Invasion attempts of Canada
U.S.--Canadian border
3 attempts of U.S. to invade Canada all fail.
Constitution vs. Guerriere
Atlantic Ocean
Victory by U.S. ship ("Old Ironsides"). Other privateers captured or burned British ships. 
Battle of Frenchtown
January 1813
Kentucky troops repelled by British and Indians in bloody fighting. American survivors killed in Raisin River Massacre.
Battle of York (Toronto)
April 1813
Toronto, Canada
U.S. troops took control of Great Lakes, burn York. This action later returned by British burning of Washington, D.C.
Battle of Lake Erie
September 1813
British naval attack repulsed by Capt. Perry
Battle of Thames
October 1813
Ontario, Canada
Tecumseh killed in U.S. victory. NW Indians weakened by battle.
Battle of Horseshoe Bend
March 1814
Mississippi Territory
Andrew Jackson defeated Creek Indians
British plan 3-part invasion of U.S.: Chesapeake Bay, Lake Champlain, & mouth of Mississippi River
Washington, D.C.
British burned capital's buildings, but were turned back at Baltimore harbor.
Battle of Plattsburgh
September 1814
Lake Champlain
U.S. secured northern border with victory over larger British force.
Hartford Convention
December 15,1814
Hartford, Connecticut
Group of Federalists discussed secession, propose 7 amendments to protect influence of Northeast states.
Treaty of Ghent
December 24, 1814
Ghent, Belgium
British and American diplomats agreed on status quo ante bellum
Battle of New Orleans
January 1815
New Orleans
Jackson's forces defeated British. 2,036 British killed, 1400 wounded. U.S. losses: 71 killed, 92 wounded