Here are the reasons for the war, clearly spelled out by James Madison, unlike today where you get multiple choice and shell game reasons:
War Message to Congress
June 1, 1812
To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States:
* As for invading the British province of Canada, it was just basic military strategy, you got a better one? The US had no navy.
* As for the Treaty of Ghent, they just wanted to get the war over and let the other details get settled later. For example, the Onis-Adams Treaty a few years later.
* The Treaty of Ghent was a real peace treaty, a lasting peace lasting 200 years until today, unlike many treaties which are no better than temporary truces or cease-fires.
Thomas Jefferson 1796, 1800, 1804; James Madison 1808, 1812; Ron Paul 1988, 2008, 2012; Rand Paul 2016.
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