But the Embargo Act was generally seen as a failed policy, as turned out to be more damaging to United States' interests than to its intended targets, Britain and France.
But the Embargo Act was generally seen as a failed policy, as turned out to be more damaging to United States' interests than to its intended targets, Britain and France.When James Madison (served 1809–1817) became president in early 1809, he also sought to avoid war with Britain.
(Once the war began, American actions along the Canadian border tended to be frustrating at best, and Americans never came close to conquering the British territory.) Following the message sent by President Madison, the United States Senate and the House of Representatives held votes on whether to go to war.
American forces under the command of General William Hull started marching from Ohio toward Fort Detroit (site of present day Detroit, Michigan) in late May 1812.
The plan was for Hull's forces to invade Canada, and the proposed invasion force was already in position by the time war was declared.
The War of 1812 is generally thought to have been provoked by American outrage over the impressment of American sailors by the Britain's Royal Navy.
And while impressment—British military ships boarding American merchant ships and taking away the sailors to serve for them—was a major factor behind the declaration of war by the United States against Britain, there were other significant issues fueling the American march toward war.