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The War of 1812

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 President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Great Britain on June 18, 1812. President Madison charged the British with violating the nation’s sovereignty by restricting American trade with Europe and by removing seamen from American merchant ships and forcing them to serve in the Royal Navy. The War of 1812, known to its critics as “Mr. Madison’s war,” was fought to a stalemate, but when it ended in 1815 the nation took pride from having stood up to the mighty British Empire.


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