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A Precarious Neutrality Ends in a Second War against Britain, 1805–1815


Dull, Jonathan R. “A Precarious Neutrality Ends in a Second War against Britain, 1805–1815.” In American Naval History, 1607-1865, 49–64. Overcoming the Colonial Legacy. University of Nebraska Press, 2012.


  1. Impressment: the taking of men into a military or naval force by compulsion, with or without notice.
  2. Convention of Mortfontaine: Ended the 1798–1800 Quasi-War between the US and France, an undeclared naval war waged primarily in the Caribbean, and terminated the 1778 Treaty of Alliance.
  3. St. Domingue: a French colony on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola from 1659 to 1804, in what is now Haiti. 


  1. What did the negotiations look like for the Louisiana Purchase?
  2. What did the manufacturing processes look like for all of the supplies needed to win the war?

Other Resources

Smith, Joshua M. Battle for the Bay: The Naval War of 1812. New Brunswick Military Heritage Series 17. Fredericton, N.B: Goose Lane Editions, 2011.

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