Why Did The War Of 1812 Continue

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The War of 1812 was a war that was fueled by a stubborn Monarch. During Napoleonic wartime Napoleon had sought to seize trade and neutral countries from trading with Britain. This attempt to seize ships from trading with Britain sparked a number of invasions and attacks throughout the United States from 1812 up until mid 1814. In the midst of the Napoleonic wars Napoleon had forbid neutral ships from trading with Britain. With this order in place, Britain then responded with harsh actions in seizing the cargos of American ships, on top of the theft of the cargo, Britain then forced over five thousand American soldiers to serve in the British Royal Navy. Henry Clay along with the War hawks responded to this outrage with the only reasonable choice in their eyes being war. Clay convinced Congress to declare war on Britain in June of 1812. Four days later, the British suspended the order. The only reason the war continued was because Britain…show more content…
In the third paragraph of the declaration Madison explains how the British have been unlawfully taking over American ships; ” British cruisers have been in the continued practice of violating the American flag on the great highway of nations, and of seizing and carrying off persons sailing under it”. Madison addresses his concern about the sailors aboard the ships being seized; “thousands of American citizens, under the safeguard of public law and of their national flag, have been torn from their country and from everything dear to them; have been dragged on board ships of war of a foreign nation and exposed, under the severities of their discipline, to be exiled to the most distant and deadly climes, to risk their lives in the battles of their oppressors”. President Madison along with the War Hawks convinced congress that these actions were to be stopped and the only option was
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