The United States of America declared itself so in 1776. In 1783 Britain formally recognized the sovereignty of the United States, but for years chose to ignore many statutes of the treaty. Between 1783 and 1812 the new nation was just that, a new nation, weak, economically unstable, and trying to create a political reality from the ideological principles of the enlightenment. In addition, the subsequent economic treaties between the U.S. and European nations were of little success. Clearly the U.S. was not in the best position, economically or politically for war. However although the war ended in a draw, the War of 1812 (usually referred to as the 2nd war for American Independence) was absolutely worthwhile for the U.S. for the following reasons:
1. British impressment of American ships ended
2. American ships were no longer pawns between British and French struggles on the high seas
3. The Mississippi River at the Gulf of Mexico was the jurisdiction of the U.S.
4. Political relations between the U.S. and Britain finally began to improve which ultimately improved their economic relations