War of 1812

Treaty of Ghent

The Treaty of Ghent ended the War of 1812 in 1815.

British field artillary

During the War of 1812, the British used multiple different pieces of artillary. One of the most common was the cannon.

United States War of 1812 uniform

An United States uniform for the War of 1812. It is now at the Lousisiana State Museum.

     The War of 1812 would greatly influence foreign relations between the United States and other European nations. As Americans were trying to migrate west across their newly acclaimed land the British would become another obstacle for the nation. The British were fighting to take back the nation for a second time, and used Native Americans to further their agenda. Native Americans sided with the British to try and stop Americans from moving westward. Britain’s agenda placed a strain on the ideology of manifest destiny because it impeded on the American ideal that they were the chosen one’s to settle the land. The war ended in 1814 with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent. The treaty stated that any conquered territory from both sides would be returned to the opposition (Treaty).

     Following the conclusion of the War of 1812, Manifest Destiny attained its strongest ideological pull. Even though the United States did not expand geographically nor was there an actual winner of the War of 1812, relations between the United States and Britain were impacted greatly. The British would now need to recognize the United States as a world power. Also, tensions between Americans and Native Americans began to rise. Nationalism began to spread throughout the United States since the nation was able to fend off the British thus influencing manifest destiny. Expanding the nation to the Pacific Ocean was now a possiblity for Americans. 

      Throughout the early history of the United States, manifest destiny was shaping the country in significant ways. The citizens of the United States believed that it was their destiny and right to expand and grow. The War of 1812 helped prove that this right was legitimate. The United States fended off the British for a second straight time, and this bestowed confidence in the public. These events helped make the term of manifest destiny relevant.