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War of 1812

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  Great Britain's attempts to impose a blockade on Europe during the Napoleonic Wars was a constant source of conflict with the United States. The British had previously attacked the USS Chesapeake and nearly caused a war two years earlier. Disputes continued over the Northwest Territories and the border with Canada, but the central dispute surrounded the impressment of merchant seamen, American citizens, by the Royal Navy.

  As a result of these long simmering disputes, the United States finally declared War on June 18, 1812. The war concluded with the Treaty of Ghent in 1814; restoring "status quo ante bellum" or "as things were before the war."




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