To many, the War of 1812 is considered the second war for independence. To me, it is the one of the most unusual wars of all time.
During a time period between 1803-1812 British sailors had been tormenting American ships on the high seas. British captains would eventually take over and capture over 10,000 American citizens to man British ships. In June of 1807, three miles off the coast of Virginia, an American ship named the Chesapeake was
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force was routed. The Americans only suffered light casualties. Andrew Jackson became a national hero and gave the United States a much-needed sense of pride.
I think the War of 1812 was the turning point in American independence. It marked the end of the United States dependence on Great Britain and the Americans totally accepted it. The War also contributed to the strengthening of Canada. In the end the United States finally became its own nation.