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War of 1812 Brought about Nationalism and SectionalismThe War of 1812 set the stage for Nationalism and Sectionalism because although thebattles where few and far apart the battles except those in the beginning gave the people of theUnited States something to be proud of because they where able to go head to head with a wellestablished world power and hold its own while protecting our people At the same time the USwas divided among going to war and avoiding all war At the beginning of the war the US was greatly undermanned with less than 7000 fulltime soldiers and only a handful of ships We made do with what we had and managed to putup a fight One of the first victories came when the Battleship USS Constitution sank the Britishfighter Guerriere This victory made Americans turn around and say hey we might have a chanceif we have some confidence in ourselves Some more confidence builders came along whenMacdonough defeated 16 ships on lake Champlain just 10 ships of his own which he turned outin a mere 30 days This show of dedication to the American cause gave people a reason tobelieve Some Battles that where fought on land brought about some of the most impressivevictories for the undermanned and under powered American Army The British army came inthrough Chesapeake Bay and marched towards Washington DC but it was a force of volunteersnot even a real trained army but volunteers that was able to hold Baltimore after 3 days ofbombardment by the British instilling pride and a feeling of accomplishment within AmericansAll this inspired led Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner after the American flagremained after the 3 day bombardment by the British this was a symbol of American strengthand undying will to succeed Then Andrew Jackson killed over 2000 British soldiers while losingonly 21 of his ownAlthough the war was fought it met great opposition from the people of New Englandwhile
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