The War of 1812 is often called the "Second War of Independence". American citizens faced issues of free trade, infringements on rights, flawed diplomacy, and caustic regional politics. During the War, America was a developing nation that overcame economic, political, and societal disputes to emerge as a global power.
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For an easy-to-read history of the War of 1812, visit our Overview, which is split into regional histories for you to find what might be appropriate for your locale. If you're interesting in a particular year, use our War of 1812 Timeline.
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