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War of 1812

Trade Restrictions and British support of American Indian tribes against the expansion of America were just two of several reasons the United States decided they must fight the British a second time around not too soon after the Revolutionary War.
On June 18, 1812, President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Great Britain, marking the beginning of the War of 1812.
Until the war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in 1814, New York State served as the foundation in the U.S. engagement against the British Empire.
Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site became the center of American naval and military activity and a key defense location for American troops and marks one of the pivotal battles of the War.
The Battle of Plattsburgh Center and War of 1812 Museum describes how the British advance into the northern states was stopped.
Sam Wilson, a meatpacker who lived in Troy fed soldiers during the war and is universally known as the national symbol – Uncle Sam. Uncle Sam’s gravesite is located in historic Oakwood Cemetery in Troy.
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