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History Quiz: War of 1812

Did you know? The War of 1812 produced a new generation of great American generals, including Andrew Jackson, Jacob Brown and Winfield Scott, and helped propel no fewer than four men to the presidency: Jackson, John Quincy Adams, James Monroe, and William Henry Harrison.

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About War of 1812

In the War of 1812, the United States encountered the most powerful navy in the world, Great Britain, in a conflict that would have an immense impact on the young country’s future. Causes of the war included British attempts to restrict U.S. trade, the Royal Navy’s impressment of American seamen and America’s desire to expand its territory.

The United States had been much defeated at the hands of British, Canadian and Native American troops throughout the War of 1812, including the capture and burning of the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., in August 1814. Nonetheless, American soldiers were able to repulse British invasions in New York, Baltimore, and New Orleans, boosting national confidence and fostering a new spirit of patriotism.

The acceptance of the Treaty of Ghent on February 17, 1815, ended the war but left many of the most antagonistic questions unresolved. Nevertheless, many in the United States marked the War of 1812 as a “second war of independence,” beginning an era of exclusive agreement and national pride.

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  • Prior to the War of 1812, the United States wanted to

    • stay out of the conflict between France and Britain
    • go to war with both France and britain
    • side with Britain against France.
  • The people most opposed to the War of 1812 were

    • New England merchants.
    • mid-Atlantic farmers.
    • Southern plantation owners.
  • Which of the following BEST describes how the War of 1812 affected the Federalists?

    • It destroyed their power at a national level.
    • It somewhat weakened their power in New England.
    • It increased their power.
  • This man built a strong confederacy among Native Americans in Ohio, INdiana, and Michigan

    • Tecumseh
    • William Henry Harrison
    • Henry Clay
  • This man destroyed the British naval forces on Lake Erie.

    • Oliver Hazard Perry
    • William Henry Harrison
    • William Hull
  • Tecumseh was killed at the Battle of

    • The Thames
    • New Orleans
    • Fort McHenry
  • One direct result of the Battle of New Orleans was that

    • Andrew Jackson became a national hero
    • Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
    • It spurred the Americans to victory in the Battle of the Thames.
  • The War Hawks wanted all of the following EXCEPT

    • to side with Native Americans against the British.
    • to stop Britain from arming Indians on the frontier.
    • revenge on Britain for attacking American ships.
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  • The Hartford Convention met in December 1814 because New Englanders

    • thought that the British blockade hurt their trade.
    • felt that New England would benefit from lands gained in Canada and Florida.
    • wanted control of the Great Lakes.
  • The most important effect of the Hartford Convention was that it

    • damaged the Federalist party.
    • ended the War of 1812.
    • approved the Treaty of Ghent

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