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- Conflict Name: War of 1812
- Conflict Start: June 18th, 1812
- Conflict End: February 17th, 1815
- Conflict Belligerents: United States of America and the United Kingdom
- Conflict Winner: Neither (Military Stalemate)
- Conflict Location: Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Oceans, Eastern America and Central America
- Conflict Deaths: 5,000+ fatalities
12 War of 1812 Facts for Kids
- The War of 1812 was fought between June 18th, 1812 and February 17th, 1815.
- This war is commonly known as the War of 1812.
- The War of 1812 was fought between the United States of America and the United Kingdom.
- The War of 1812 was fought over grievances the United States had against the United Kingdom regarding violations of U.S. maritime rights.
- The War of 1812 was a military stalemate, neither the United States or the United Kingdom won. Both countries signed the Treaty of Ghent, which restored relations and border lines that existed before the war started.
- Citizens of both countries widely believe that their country won the War of 1812.
- It’s estimated that between the United States and the United Kingdom there were 5,000+ military fatalities.
- The British invaded Washington, D.C. on August 24th, 1814, and occupied it for about 26 hours. The British set many buildings on fire, including the White House. A storm is believed to have forced their retreat. The storm was a very strong thunderstorm, potentially even a hurricane that produced a tornado. The rain from the storm help put out a lot of the fires the British started.
- President James Madison thought the U.S. could easily capture Canada and that was one of his first goals of the war. Ultimately, it only took the British a few months to expel the United States from Canada.
- At the start of the war the United States Navy only had 16 to 18 sailable ships, compared to the British Navy that had more than 600.
- The United Kingdom and the United States lost more soldiers to disease than in all the battles they fought.
- The Star-Spangled Banner, the national anthem of the United States of America, is from a poem written during the War of 1812. Francis Scott Key, the author of the poem witnessed the British bombardment of Fort McHenry.
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