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Beyond Lewis and Clark - Timeline 1812

The Army Explores the West

War of 1812 (1812-1815)

The War of 1812 came about over competition for western lands. Americans hoped to expand the United States by seizing control of both Canada and Florida. At the same time, Great Britain and France—although at war with each other—were stopping and searching U.S. ships. The British also were seizing U.S. sailors and forming alliances with tribes on the frontier. The war exposed many American weaknesses, among them that the U.S. needed to better defend its frontiers and improve its relations with tribes. Army exploration intensified as a result of the war, although no boundaries changed.


Beyond Lewis and Clark is an online exhibit developed by the Kansas Museum of History. It is the result of a partnership between the Kansas Historical Society, the Virginia and Washington State historical societies, the U. S. Army's Frontier Army Museum at Leavenworth, and the U. S. Army Center of Military History.

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