Brian Arthur has a new book which is available for pre-order in hardcover, How Britain Won the War of 1812: The Royal Navy’s Blockades of the United States, 1812-1815. It will be released wordlwide on 17 November 2011.
The War of 1812 between Britain and the United States was fought on many fronts: single ship actions in the Atlantic; a US invasion of Canada, which the Canadians heroically resisted; the burning of the new US capital, Washington, by the British, the President’s house subsequently painted white to hide the fire damage; and an unsuccessful attack by the British on New Orleans. The war is usually seen as a draw. However, as this book demonstrates, it was in fact a British victory. The United States achieved none of its war aims, and the peace, concluded in December 1814, met Britain’s long-term maritime needs.
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