Conflict with Native Americans
Between 1790 and 1810 about 900,000 settlers moved west of the Appalachians. Native Americans disliked the white settlers that made homes on the Indians land and also killing the animals the Native Americans needed to eat. Fighting often happened between the Native Americans and the white settlers and both sides killed inocent people,warfare spread
Ohio joined the Union in 1803. By 1803 white settlers were pushing beyond Ohio into Indiana territory. The Native Americans that were angry vowed to keep settlers from taking more Native American land. The two leaders were Tecumseh and his brother Tenskwatawa also known as the Prophet.
A Push Toward War
Fighting the Native Americans hurt relations between the United States and Britain. The British were suppling guns and ammunition to the Native Americans. The Also encouraged the Native Americans to attack U.S. settlements.
Early Days of the War
The American declaration took the British by surprise. The British couldn't spare troops to fight the United States. The United States was not ready for war neither. Because Jefferson had reduced spending on defence the U.S. only had 16 ships for their navy.
War in the West
General William Hull moved American troops into Canada from Detroit. The Canadians were led by a clever British general.
General William Hull
General William Hull lead American troops from Detroit to Canada.
Oliver Hazard Perry
At age 14 he joined the United States Navy. He spent the rest of his life there.