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The War of 1812 was a conflict between the nations of GreatBritain and The United States This was a war fought over the rightsof non-combatant neutral nations Issues of this conflict includedimpressment rights to limit the navigation of soverign nations andhow a nation could cope if these rights were violatedIn the late 1700s and early 1800s there were a series ofconflicts between Great Britain and France Both of these countriestrampled the rights of non-combatants during the conflict Forexample Britain forbade any American ship to sail to a port in theNapolianic Empire Likewise the French government reciprocatedwith similar laws against ports within the British EmpireDue to very harsh conditions on those serving in the BritishNaval Service many men deserted This forced the British to turn tothe practice of impressment This is a process by which the Britisheffectively abducted servicemen to fill their ranks The Britishargument was that many of their men deserted and began serving inthe American Merchant Marine This in their opinion justified themin boarding American ships and abducting their crew At one pointBritish impressment led to the Chesepeak Incident During thisincident when the American frigate refused to be boarded it wasIn order to deal with these maters the American authoritiestried several peaceful interventions In order to preventconfrontations the Embargo and Non-Intercourse Acts were passed These acts were in accordence with both British and French wishes However through all of these steps the disrespect of Americansoverignty continued After exhusting all peacful options theAmericans entered the War of 1812 with great hopes for a successful
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