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|Date:||4/19/2014 1:00:44 PM
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|Sam is repairing some old sails as he sees you
coming up the ramp. Nice to see ye today, aaarrrgghh, I'll be down in a jiffy! Sam grabs a ring on the rigging & zooooms down the rope to where his perch is! Avast now & hears me story!
What does it take for countries to go to war with one another? Most of the time, it revolves around economy. The brunt of this conflict was maritime & territorial related. During the first of the 19th century, the United States & England argued over the rights of way to shipping channels. And these weren't just name callin' & harsh words! No! They both began blockading the commercial sea lanes. These rifts injured the import & export trade of both countries. In retaliation to America's severing of supplies to the United Kingdom, England began attacking American vessels & kidnapping anyone into service for England if they so much had an English, Irish, or Scottish accent! Now, many of these men DID because they were newly immigrated to the colonies that are now independent from the UK. They took these American citizens & impressed them into galley slaves on their ships. They were never heard from again. Equally important for helping start this war was that Great Britain & the United States had constant dissension over who owned the trading routes north of the Great Lakes. Skirmishes erupted between British-Canada & the U.S. on the northern peninsular regions above the lakes. When Congress learned that British Tories were using regional Native Americans against United States shippers & settlers, an alarm sounded. President James Madison declared war on June 18, 1812.
Almost immediately, the English invaded Illinois & Michigan territories that were woefully unprepared for such an attack.
The American forts at Michilimacinac, Detroit & Chekagou (Chicago) fell to overwhelming forces of British Redcoats & Native Americans. The Great Lakes were a scene of constant naval fire as British frigates & men-of-war invaded the country through the St. Lawrence Seaway & from Canada.
For many months the everyday New Orleanian thought of this war as being very far away & not involving them or the life there in New Orleans. Even though Louisiana had become a state at the start of the New Year, Washington D.C. & Illinois' problems were no matter for New Orleanians to worry about.
In February, the still-predominantly French cultures residing there continued to shun an American connection. In that same vein, the nation remained lethargic to what was happening down South.
Except for one important element. The British had strategically overtaken the Upper Mississippi Valley in an obvious first move to control that river & the western frontier itself. To finalize this maneuver, they would have to conquer the lower half of the continent-long river & an invasion from the south through the Gulf of Mexico & New Orleans seemed almost imminent.
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