The Patriots Daily Bites of American History Series 12, Volume 2:The Embargo Act of 1812




The Patriots Daily Bites of American History Series, Volume 2 
 American History 12, volume 2  

US History by Barnes 1885 The Embargo Act of 1807:

With England and France being at war with each other, each wanted to ruin the commerce of the other. The English declared that no ships of any nation should carry on trade with France and France made the similar declaration about England. United States had nothing to do with their war and American ships were doing a large amount of business with both countries.

These orders therefore nearly ruined the trade of our country. If American vessels sailed for England, French ships would capture them and if they tried to trade with France it was at the risk of being captured by the Englishmen. American commerce was at the mercy of both nations. Finally congress put an embargo on all our commerce.

That is to say, “NO AMERICAN SHIPS LEAVE PORT!” This measure was ridiculed by the people at that time as the “O GRAB ME!” Act. this was done to force the English and French who needed American products to change their plans and let us trade in peace but while it injured them it also broke up the little business left and ruined thousands of our merchants.

The Federalists blamed Jefferson for all the injury done to business by the embargo and on that issue they hoped to elect a Federalist for the next president. The Republicans thought England was to blame and wanted to fight. Indeed, a large part of the American people wanted war and when the next election came around they voted in a Republican, James Madison for president.

During Jefferson’s administration Ohio was admitted to the union in 1803 and in 1807 Robert Fulton ran his first steamboat, “The Clermont” on the Hudson River and within a few years steamboats were plying on all the navigable rivers.

(to be continued)
Madison’s administration 1809-17 
by Barnes Public School Book 1885
War with England 1812: 
To be Continued in the Next Daily Bites of History Series

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