The Treaty of Ghent had ended the war between the United State and Britain. Napoleon Bonaparte is defeated by the British General Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo.
American merchants no longer fear that their sailors will be impressed, or taken against their will, to serve in the British navy. A good thing, too, because America needs its oil.
The era from just after the War of 1812 until the invention of the electric light is known as the "Golden Age of Whaling." Visit a virtual whaling port and set sail on a