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The War of 1812
Duck! Life on the Sidelines of a War

The War of 1812
The War of 1812


Duck! Life on the Sidelines of a War
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.25

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    chiefly, crossfire, no-win, neutrality, embargo, peaceable, coercion, greatly, decree, launched, dignity, brutal, ongoing, forbidden, seize, presidency
     content words:    Some American, Continental System, Royal Navy, Some Americans, President Jefferson, Both France, And Britain, James Madison, President Madison


Duck! Life on the Sidelines of a War
By Toni Lee Robinson
  

1     From 1803 to 1814, France and Britain fought with each other. Some American merchants were pleased with this ongoing battle. In the beginning, the war was a wonderful means of making money. U.S. products, chiefly food, found thriving markets in the warring countries. This meant that American businessmen prospered.
 
2     The U.S. was a neutral nation, not taking sides in the conflict. America's ships crossed the seas taking goods to Britain and France. They returned with money for U.S. merchants. It was a businessman's dream come true. But the good times didn't last. In a war, the sidelines may not be a very safe place.
 
3     The European war got nastier. Even neutral nations became victims of the war between France and Britain. The two nations looked for any way to batter each other. Both saw America's ships as a way to deal a blow to the enemy. Each country tried to prevent supplies from reaching the other by way of American shipping.
 
4     In 1806, Napoleon of France put in place his Continental System. This decree claimed for France the right to seize ships from any nation that traded with Britain. British authorities fired back with their own decree. Britain issued what it called "orders in council." These orders called for the seizure of any vessel that visited the ports of France without first stopping at a British port. By 1807, the Royal Navy had completely blockaded French ports.

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