War of 1812 Bicentennial
June 18, 1812: A deeply divided United States declares war on Great Britain. War is declared for many reasons: continuing violations of American neutrality, forced enlistment of American sailors in the Royal Navy, rumors of British alliances with American Indian tribes, and a desire by some Americans to annex British Canada.
Although the War of 1812 officially ended with the stroke of a pen in Washington, D.C., the men and women of 1815 saw the American victory on a field in Chalmette as the war's true end. It was also the beginning of a true American identity: no longer would Americans think of their country as a collection of states with different interests, but rather as a nation which drew its strength from its differences. E pluribus unum---"Out of many, one."
From now through 2015, Chalmette Battlefield and other sites of Jean Lafitte will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the war that united the United States. Watch this page for updates, links, and other news about bicentennial events and mark your calendar now for January 2015 and the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans. Planning for commemorative events in the New Orleans area is now underway; click here to find out how to share your ideas. Information about War of 1812 events and programs is at the Chalmette Battlefield web page.
From muskets to tactics, from upcoming events to historical people and places, you can find out more about the War of 1812 at the links below.
Did You Know?
Vultures do not have many predators. If an enemy does approach, the vulture will face its enemy and vomit. This inventive bird also has a unique way to stay cool: it urinates on its legs. The urine also helps kill any germs picked up while standing on a carcass.