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According to the Jus Ad Bellum Conventions requirements to declare war the War of 1812 was in fact an unjust war because the British made an abundant amount of violations against Americas rights and freedoms These unruly violations gave America a reason to start a war Due to the war between Britain and France Britain was in need of more militia Britain made it a priority to find more militia among British deserters that joined the American army Because of the neutral trade tensions increased in Britain and Frances actions Napoleon issued the Berlin Decree during November 1806 and put into effect the Continental System which made all trade with Britain illegal Napoleon sought to damage the Islands in the West Indies economically The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia During the Essex Case a British court ruled that US ships breaking passage at an American port did not circumvent the prohibitions set out in the rule of 1756 Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia As a result the attacks Great Britain had on the American ships increased These attacks on American ships violated the United States according to the Jus Ad Bellum Convention which states initiating acts of aggression is unjust and gives a group a just cause to defend itself The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia The American ship seizures led to the attack on the USS Chesapeake The attack on the USS Chesapeake known as the Chesapeake-Leopard affair was one of the many violations Britain made against America The textbook Of the People states that during June 1807 the British ship Leopard interrupted the endeavor of the American vessel Chesapeake as it was departing to Norfolk Virginia The Leopard demanded the American ship to give them recruited British deserters According to the article Causes on Conflict it was because many American sailors had been born in Britain and become naturalized American citizens Hickman According to the
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