The War of 1812
The years following the war of 1812, otherwise known as the 'Era of Good Feelings,' must be considered a time of exceptional growth and development in the United States, but above all it should be considered a time of evolution and ripening of American nationalism, unification, and economic progress. The War of 1812 was a very difficult war. States did not fulfill their duties to support the war effort. As a result, commanders and leaders were not kept informed or supplied enough men and munitions to keep up the war. What came about during this time and afterwards was something much greater than victory. The war was not just about Britain holding land and impressing American sailors into their navy; it was a second war of independence. It was the first war as a united country, and it was a small new nation against a large European empire.
The war of 1812 began long before war was ever declared. It began right after the war of independence. The British were resentful of the U.S. breaking away from their empire, and they soon figured out that many revolts were because the U.S. had fought and won. The British began to tax U.S. merchants, hassled their ships, and continued the disrespect of American sovereignty; however, the British soon crossed the line.
The War of 1812 was fought between the United States and Great Britain from June 1812 to March 1815. The main fighting occurred along the Canadian border, and along the Gulf of Mexico, it also took place at sea. This was the first war since American independence in 1781. The War of 1812 was a carryover to a war going on at the same time between Great Britain and France. The United States being France's ally.