The United States Fought a War Against North African Pirates in the E…
The young American Navy battled the Barbary Pirates in the early 1800s.
British Troops Burned the Capitol and the White House in 1814
The War of 1812 holds a peculiar place in history. It’s often overlooked, and it’s probably most noteworthy for verses written by an amateur poet and attorney who witnessed one of its battles. Three weeks before the British Navy attacked Baltimore and inspired the "Star-Spangled Banner," troops from the same fleet landed in Maryland, battled...
The Mexican War
In the mid-1840s, relations between the United States and Mexico were strained. Texas was on the verge of becoming part of the US, and Mexicans were outraged. The bad feelings intensified, violent conflicts erupted, and a bellicose American president quickly convinced Congress to declare war. The actual conflict would be overshadowed by the...
The Star-Spangled Banner
The actual flag that flew over Fort McHenry and inspired Francis Scott Key resides at the Smithsonian Institution. The national museum hosts an informative web site about the flag and its glorious past.
Causes of the War of 1812
The causes for the War of 1812 included impressment of American sailors as well as other important issues.
PBS Documentary "The War of 1812" Details an Overlooked Conflict
The PBS documentary "The War of 1812" presents an insightful look at what's sometimes known as "the forgotten war," the bitter conflict between Britain and the young United States in the early 19th century.