How did the Treaty of Ghent affect the War of 1812, and why was another battle fought after it was signed?

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The Treaty of Ghent ended the War of 1812 with Great Britain. It was signed in December 1814. However because news traveled slowly in the 1800s, news hadn’t reached New Orleans before the Battle of New Orleans was fought. While the Americans decisively won the Battle of New Orleans, it had no effect on the war or on the peace treaty. The person who benefitted the most from the battle was probably Andrew Jackson as his image was enhanced with the victory.

The terms of the Treaty of Ghent signified that there was no clear winner in the War of 1812. Neither the United States nor Great Britain gained land as a result of the treaty. The trade and border issues were to be resolved later. Impressment wasn’t even discussed in the treaty. Once the war that was being fought in Europe against Napoleon ended, some of these issues that led to the war of 1812 faded away. The terms of this treaty suggested there was no clear winner in the war.

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