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Henry Clay
The Very Day Henry Clay Arrives in Europe for the Peace Negotiations, He Informs the U.S. ambassador to France That the U.S. Has Agreed to the Talks: "You will have heard of the acceptance, by the President, of the British overture to treat of peace"" Clay, the War Hawk who had promoted the war, claims the conflict is going well: "The success with which our operations on the Lakes, in the N.W. and in the South had been attended gave to the administration a strength...". Clay, the War Hawk who had promoted the war, claims the conflict is going well: "The success with which our operations on the Lakes, in the N.W. and in the South had been attended gave to the administration a strength...".
14/04/1814. The U.S. was unprepared for the War of 1812, and the fortunes of war proved vacillating. There were successes, such as William Henry Harrison's victory in the northwest in the Battle of the Thames, in which Tecumseh was killed, and Oliver H. Perry's victory on Lake Erie. But there were also failures, such as Gen. James Wilkinson's expedition against Montreal; also, Fort Niagara was lost, Black Rock and Buffalo were burned, and great quantities of provisions and stores destroyed. The American hope of conquering Canada began to look like a dream, and the threat remained that the British and their Indian allies might yet gain a hold over territory in the American west in order to create an Indian buffer state between the U.S. and the Mississippi River. The British blockade of the U.S. eastern seaboard was constantly growing more rigid; not a single American man-of-war was on the open sea. Meanwhile the discontent with the war prevailing in New England, which was destined to culminate in the Hartford Convention, continued to be active and to threaten rebellious outbreaks. But the most ominous event was the downfall of Napoleon's prospects, the likely conclusion of peace in Europe, and, in consequence, the liberation of the military, naval, and financial resources of Great Britain for a vigorous prosecution of the war in America. In 1813 the Americans agreed to mediation to end the war, but the British declined and instead in early 1814 offered direct peace talks to be held at Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden. The U.S. accepted that offer.The head of the Ameri … [Click Below for Full Description]
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