The War of 1812

While there are numerous factors that pushed a fledgling United States and Great Britain toward another war, three main reasons are usually given: British restriction of trade and the seizing of men from U.S. merchant ships, an increase of hostilities between Native Americans and settlers on the frontier, and U.S. desires to expand her territory into Canada. These documents from HSP’s collection present a story of the war as told by the soldiers, politicians in charge, and the citizens on the home front.