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The War of 1812 was fought between the British Empire and the United States from 1812 to 1814 on land in North America and at sea. More than half of the British forces were made up of Canadian militia (volunteers) because British soldiers were fighting Napoleon in Europe. See the fact file below for more information about the War of 1812.
- The War of 1812 has often been called the Revolutionary War Part II and sometimes, “The Forgotten War”. It was another war between America and Great Britain.
- It was caused in part by disagreements over shipping and trade on the high seas. It was also fought to decide how much influence the United States would have in foreign affairs.
- The War of 1812 could be called the “war of poor communication.” Two days before the declaration of war, Great Britain agreed to repeal the naval laws which were chiefly responsible for the war. Speedy communication would have also eliminated the greatest battle, the Battle of New Orleans, that occurred 15 days after a peace treaty had been signed.
- The actual fighting occurred in America and in Canada.
- The United States was a brand new country and the leaders risked national disaster going to war with powerful Great Britain a second time. Support in the US was divided with the West and South looking for a fight, but people of the New England strongly opposed to war. As the war continued, opposition became much stronger.
- President Thomas Jefferson wanted to keep American goods flowing overseas and, at the same time, keep America out of foreign wars.
- Britain and France were at war with each other, as was much of the rest of Europe. Both sides thought that American ships were supplying the other with food, weapons, and other supplies. American ships were routinely stopped by both France and Britain. Each demanded to search the cargo holds. Sometimes, these situations ended in violence.
- In 1794, the United States was worried about the war between France and Great Britain. The United States Constitution, which had been ratified just three years before, provided for the introduction of a navy. Congress passed a bill giving permission to build six navy ships. One of these was the U.S.S. Constitution.
- The U.S.S. Constitution never lost a battle. Despite its nickname, “Old Ironsides” was a wooden ship. During the War of 1812, the Constitution sunk a large number of ships belonging to the British navy. The Constitution got its nickname, “Old Ironsides.” when a British seaman saw one of his cannon balls hit the wooden hull of the U.S.S. Constitution, bounce off, and fall into the sea. In amazement, the seaman said, “Hurrah, her sides are made of iron.”. During the War of 1812, “Old Ironside captured 24 enemy vessels.
- The War of 1812 ended when the Treaty of Ghent was signed at the end of 1814, guaranteeing that the United States and Britain would end their battle.
War of 1812 Worksheets
This bundle includes 10 ready-to-use War of 1812 worksheets that are perfect for students to learn about the War of 1812; fought between the British Empire and the United States from 1812 to 1814 on land in North America and at sea.
Throughout the extensive worksheet pack there are multiple lesson resources and quizzes for students to practice their knowledge which can be used within the classroom or homeschooling environment.
Included War of 1812 worksheets:
Group Me, Where Do I Belong?
Based on the War of 1812, group the following words or informations that give relevance to each country.
War of 1812 Scrabble
Students are challenged to Unscrabble the letters below to form relevant words related to War of 1812.
War of 1812 Match
From the words written on the boat, select the information that is associated in the statement/question below.
War of 1812 Sort Cards
Sort cards activity. Put a check mark (✓) on the box, the cards that has an impact to the War in 1812.
War of 1812 Filled In
Fill ￼in the blank with a word or words from the word box to complete the statement on the War of 1812.
Students are tasked with carefully reading a paragraph of text on the War of 1812 and answering the questions that follow.
Filler activity. Fun coloring page.
War of 1812 Cause And Effect
Based on the War of 1812, list down the causes and Effects of the War.
War of 1812 Journal Writing
Journal writing task on what the student has learnt about the War of 1812.
After completing these worksheets students will be able to:
- Have a clear understanding about the history of the 1812 war and how it impacted the US forever.
- Complete a number of quiz and fill in the blank activities to test their knowledge of the subject.
- Understand the names given to the war.
- Have a clear understanding of the rationale of both sites.
- Understand facts and fiction based upon studies.
- Includes reading comprehension pack. Core literacy skill explored.
- Understand cause and effect.
Use With Any Curriculum
These worksheets have been specifically designed for use with any international curriculum. You can use these worksheets as-is, or edit them using Google Slides to make them more specific to your own student ability levels and curriculum standards.