The United States declared war on Britain in 1812. It did so because Britain refused to stop seizing American ships that traded with France—Britain's enemy in Europe. Sometimes there were also seizures of American sailors. These seizures were known as impressment.
Also know, what countries were involved in the War of 1812?
In 1812, British Empire covered more than present day Britian. It also included British North America (Included Canada and some part of today's USA), Ireland and American Indian Allies. The war was fought in three principal theatres. First at sea where Britain blockaded the Atlantic coast of the United States.
Who were fighting in the War of 1812?
Causes of the War of 1812. At the outset of the 19th century, Great Britain was locked in a long and bitter conflict with Napoleon Bonaparte's France. In an attempt to cut off supplies from reaching the enemy, both sides attempted to block the United States from trading with the other.
Who was the winner of the War of 1812?
And while Cohen's book highlights the fact that the U.S. won the principal War of 1812 clash in that crucial corridor — the Battle of Plattsburgh in September 1814 — he concludes that “the nominal causes for which (the Americans) had fought the war had advanced not an iota” by the time a peace treaty had been signed