The War of 1812: The Second American Revolution
The war of 1812 proved as America's first test of strength. In the newborn stage, having just signed the constitution a few decades earlier. It was all started when a combination of British impressment, and Harrison's exploration of the native lands(to buy). While the British were taking American sailors and drafting them into their navy, the Shawnee leader Tecumseh, who refused to sell his land, was aided in his goal to form a native confederacy with the support of British arms. When a young group of congressman in the south and west called the war hawks heard of this, they called for war against Britian. The war of 1812 that ensued was indeed America's second revolution because they beat the natives, the British, and gained a new sense of pride in the country.
Beating the natives meant that there was no more internal threat within the country. When Jefferson made the Louisiana purchase it really only meant at the time that no one else could kick out the natives. It was their problem now. Lewis and Clark were sent out but only collected invalid information about the natives. Then Harrison was sent to sign treaties with the natives but some, like Tecumseh, were resistant. Tecumseh was a great strategist, and had the other natives not been so lazy, he probably could have made a confederacy with the help of British arms. The problem for the Americans, and the reason why the battle of Horseshoe Bend was so significant, is because it eliminated all trace of natives in the south and west. From here, the Americans could focus on the British, and after, they would have a large land west to expand into.
After beating the natives, the British could now be focused on solely. The Americans were angry their men had been taken at sea, and soon "the constitution" had its first naval victory over a British ship that was notorious for impressing our sailors. But when our infantry marched to York, and burned the parliament...
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