...farfetched to say that this economic growth would not have occurred without the war. If the impressments were going to disappear anyway when the Napoleonic wars were over, and the US could have entered 1815, without the drain and cost and toll of a wider war, why would things not have been on even better footing for growth? -- especially without the Panic of 1819, which had resulted from the banking practices to finance the war.
(Still no acknowledgement of the difference between defending the British actions and questioning the American response's wisdom.)
Oh, and as to your question above of a better approach than invading Canada...
- working to build up the capability to defend the US ships from impressment attempts -- build up the Navy
- heeding the wisdom of those stating that the impressment would end when the Napoleonic conflict was over (which it did), and not being steered by war fever into rash actions...war always brings unintended consequences and much human suffering -- should always be a last resort, as apparently wasn't really the case here
Want DP delivered to your inbox daily? Subscribe here: