The War of 1812 - Webquest

Our national anthem began as a poem celebrating a battle during the War of 1812. The song is better known than the war. What was the fight about? Why would a country as young as ours become involved in another war against Britain?
Visit http://www.gatewayno.com/History/War1812.html.
  • Why was the United States irritated with the British?
  • Why did the War Hawks want to go to war?
  • How did the war go for America in 1812–1813?
  • What happened to Washington, D.C., in 1814?
  • Describe Andrew Jackson's victory in New Orleans.
  • Explain the practice of impressment.
  • What did Thomas Jefferson hope to accomplish by passing the Embargo Act?
Now go to http://www.usflag.org/francis.scott.key.html. It tells about the writer of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
  • Who was Francis Scott Key and why did he go to Baltimore?
  • What inspired him to write "and the flag was still there"?
  • When was Key's poem adopted as our national anthem?

The Forgotten Wars
1. The War of 1812
2. Texas Independence
3. The Mexican War



Battle links:
Battles of War of 1812
Texas Battles for Independence
Mexican War Battles