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War of 1812: Congress Declares War

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“Impressment of American Seamen”,...
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“Impressment of American Seamen”, wood engraving after a drawing by Howard Pyle, Harper’s Monthly, April 1884

Great Britain frequently forced sailors on American vessels into service with the Royal Navy. This impressment was one motivation for Congress to declare war.

 

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