How did the War of 1812 affect the U.S. economy?

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The War of 1812 impacted the U.S. economy. Two of the causes of the war were that the British were interfering with our trade and impressing our sailors. Britain was upset that we continued to trade with France, a country with which they were at war. Britain also was in need of sailors so they forced our sailors to serve in their navy. The United States depended on trade a great deal. Before the war, we stopped trading with all countries because of interference with our shipping and trade. This was disastrous for our economy. By going to war against Britain, we sent a message to all countries that we wouldn’t be pushed around. We sent a message we would protect our trade. This was very significant for our economy because once the war ended, we were free to trade with any country with minimal fear of interference. As a result, our economy prospered after the war ended. The War of 1812 proved to be very beneficial to our economy.

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