Americans sought to occupy the St. Lawrence Valley to sever the flow of British troops and supplies to the Great Lakes.
The Atlantic seaboard was a key battleground during the war.
Choked by shipping blockades and ravaged by enemy raids the Chesapeake Bay felt the brunt of the War of 1812.
Lake Ontario was home to both the British and U.S. primary naval industries.
The Old Northwest saw fierce battles led by some of the greatest leaders of the war.
Many major battles took place along the Niagara River, as U.S. and Britain faced off for the vital transportation corridor.
A civil war in the Creek confederation greatly influenced the War of 1812 in the Southeast theater.
Last updated: September 2, 2014