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The War of 1812 is one of the most forgotten wars of the United States in the Battle for independence. The war lasted for over two years, and while it ended much like it started; in stalemate; it was in fact a war that once and for all truly confirmed American Independence.

James Madison, the fourth President of the United States declared War on Great Britain on June 12, 1812. The war was declared as a result of long simmering disputes with Great Britian. The central dispute surrounded the impressment of American soldiers by the British. The British had previously attacked the USS Chesapeake and nearly caused a war two years earlier. In addition, disputes continued with Great Britain over the Northwest Territories and the border with Canada. Also, the attempts of Great Britain to impose a blockade on France during the Napoleonic Wars was a constant source of conflict with the United States.

The Star Spangled Banner was immortalized by Francis Scott Key during the British bombardment of Fort McHenry, on Sept 13, 1814.

James Madison
The Burning of Washington D C
The O'Neals in 1812
Francis Scott Key & The Star Spangled Banner
A Chronology of The Star Spangled Banner
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