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War Of 1812 Battle Of New Orleans 1815
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Lithograph entitled "The Battle of New Orleans, January 8, 1815." The Battle of New Orleans was the final major battle of the War of 1812. American forces, commanded by Major General Andrew Jackson, defeated an invading British Army intent on seizing New Orleans and the vast territory the United States had acquired with the Louisiana Purchase. The Treaty of Ghent had been signed on December 24, 1814 and was ratified by the United States Senate on February 16, 1815. Hostilities continued until late February when official dispatches announcing the peace reached the combatants in Louisiana, finally putting an end to the war. The battle is widely regarded as the greatest American land victory of the war. In the War of 1812, the United States took on the greatest naval power in the world, Great Britain. Causes of the war included British attempts to restrict US trade, the Royal Navy's impressment of American seamen and America's desire to expand its territory.
June 1st, 2013
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