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War of 1812 armed conflict between the US and Great Britain 1812-15 It was partly occasioned by US insistence on neutral shipping rights during the Franco-British hostilities of the FRENCH REVOLUTIONARY WARS and the wars of NAPOLEON I British impressment of sailors and confiscation of US ships were causes of strong anti-British sentiment The outbreak of hostilities stemmed from clashes in the West between American frontiersmen and the British and their indigenous allies over American encroachment onto land claimed by the British The battle of Tippecanoe Nov 7 1811 was an outstanding example The war hawks in the US Congress prevailed and war was declared on June 18 1812 The early land confrontations-at Detroit on the Niagara R and in Queenston Heights-proved how ill-prepared the US forces were The small American navy fared better the early victories of Isaac Hull commanding the Constitution and Stephen DECATUR were notable In 1813 however British naval superiority prevailed until the victory of Capt Oliver Perry see under PERRY MATTHEW on Lake Erie in September The low point of the war for the US was the British capture of Washington DC in Aug 1814 But the Americans were successful at the battle of the Thames Plattsburgh and FORT MCHENRY and the British entered into serious negotiations to end the hostilities The Treaty of GHENT signed Dec 24 1814 brought the war to an indecisive end But the Americans had a final triumph On Jan 14 1815 after the treaty had been signed Andrew JACKSONs troops defeated the British decisively at the battle of NEW ORLEANS The war ushered in a period of great American nationalism and increasing isolation from European affairs
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