The War of 1812: Another American Victory
Part 1: A Balancing Act
The War of 1812 has often been called the Revolutionary War Part II. And in many ways, it was just that:
Overall, however, it was a war to decide how much influence the United States would have in foreign affairs.
President Thomas Jefferson was looking to keep American goods flowing overseas and, at the same time, keep America out of foreign wars. It was a balancing act, and the U.S. was bound to lose its balance sooner or later.
Britain and France were at war with each other, as was much of the rest of Europe. Both sides thought that American ships were supplying the other with food and weapons. Both British ships and French ships routinely stopped American ships on the high seas and demanded to search the cargo holds. Sometimes, these encounters were violent.
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