American Defenders of Land, Sea & Sky
Protecting the New Nation
   The War of 1812 (1812-1815)

The Octagon House
We signed treaties.

The Octagon House
Washington, D.C.

   The Octagon House was built by Colonel John Tayloe for his family between 1801 and 1802. The Tayloe children gave the house its distinctive name, although the building does not really have eight sides. After the British set fire to the White House, President James Madison and his family moved here to have a safe place to live.

  In the early months of 1815, President Madison signed the Treaty of Ghent in this upstairs parlor. This important treaty declared that England and the United States were finally at peace. It also proved that our new nation was now strong enough to protect itself.

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The Struggle for Western Territory (1825-1890)

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