War of 1812
The war of 1812 was caused by three major reasons, Western War Hawk territory, British violations of the U.S. neutrality rights on the high seas, and the urge to uphold national honor and pride. These three reasons each make their own contributions to the war but I think the War Hawks and the violations of the neutrality right were the two main causes. The urge of pride and national honor was just a good reason to enter a war, but not provoke one. The War Hawks contributed to the war with their idea of driving Britain out of Canada. This was the U.S. aggravating the British. Britain was heavily violating the United State’s neutrality rights by seizing ships and making trade laws.
The War Hawks were aggressive nationalists usually located in the South and West. The group spoke of honor and pride, and dealt with foreign affairs. Canada was the target that the War Hawks wanted to seize from Britain. Though the United States possessed a small army and Navy, they thought they could easily take the British out of Canada. Canada was a supply point for British ships in the Caribbean. It supplied food goods and other supplies needed in the Caribbean. U.S. thought it would be a good idea to try to take out the connection between Canada and the British. The U.S. really did not know how unprepared they were for a war. This was a major cause for the war of 1812 because the U.S. was forcing Britain out of British claimed territory.
Britain was violating the United States neutrality rights with trade laws and impressments. This was a huge cause of the war of 1812. Since Britain was already in a war with France, they forbade the U.S. any trading with France. The U.S. said they were neutral in the war between the two, thus granting them the right to trade with both whom ever. All this did was anger the United States and contribute to the thought of war. Another violation was impressments, which was Britain taking back British deserters on...