The War of 1812 started when America declared war on Great Britain. The events that had occurred before the War of 1812 lead to this war. All those events created many causes for the War of 1812, but it all came down to human nature. According our discussion in Mr. Tani’s class, every place in the world is interconnected. One event that happens somewhere will affect another place. In this case, we would have to go all the way back to the Louisiana Purchase.
According to our textbook: Exploring American History, Napoleon sold the Louisiana Territory to the United States in 1803 for 15 million dollars. Napoleon also declared war in Europe against Britain, so Napoleon needed a lot of money to pay for the war supplies. Therefore he decided to sell the Louisiana Territory to the United States. Napoleon also knew that the United States would end up taking over the Louisiana Territory so he chose to sell it then and make some money out of it instead of keeping it.
There was already a war between Great Britain and France, and both of them need war supplies. American merchants made a lot of money by selling war supplies to both France and Great Britain. Both France and Britain did not like how the United States were helping both countries. According to our textbook: Exploring American History, Britain did not like the United States trading with France. In 1807 Great Britain tried to cut off the American trade with France. Great Britain did that by passing the Orders in Council. The Orders in Council forbade American ships to enter French-controlled ports. According to our textbook: Exploring American History, the British navy also “…illegally stopped and searched American merchant ships on the open ocean.” To retaliate Napoleon declared a blockade. According to our textbook, a blockade is shutting off the nation’s ports by troops or ships of the enemy.
The United States ignored those orders and wanted to remain neutral in the European war. However,...