Fact of the day: 1st June

On this day in 1812 the U.S. President James Madison asks the Congress to declare war on the United Kingdom.

The War of 1812 was a two and a half-year military conflict between the United States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, its North American colonies and its Indian allies.

The outcome resolved many issues which remained from the American War of Independence, but involved no boundary changes.

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The United States declared war in 1812 for several reasons, including trade restrictions brought about by Britain’s continuing war with France, the impressment of American merchant sailors into the Royal Navy, British support of American Indian tribes against American expansion, outrage over insults to national honour after humiliations on the high seas, and possible American interest in annexing British North American territory (part of modern-day Canada) which had been denied to them in the settlement ending the American Revolutionary War.

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One thought on “Fact of the day: 1st June

  1. Thank you for sharing. I just learned some War of 1812 history at McConell Springs [in Lexington, KY]. Trotter Powder Works, on part of the springs owned by Samuel Trotter, supplied much of the powder used in the Battle of 1812.

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