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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2018 8:57 p.m. PST

….War of 1812.

"The War of 1812, often called "the forgotten conflict," is probably the least understood American war. Just as frequently, it is described as the Second War of American Independence. This is because of a persistent fallacy that Americans fought two separate wars of independence. In fact, Americans endured one unremitting fifty-year-long struggle for economic independence from Britain that overlapped two armed conflicts linked by an unacknowledged global struggle. Throughout this perilous period, the struggle was largely about free trade, what Winston Churchill described in his monumental History of the English Speaking Peoples as an "unofficial trade war."
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IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2018 8:59 a.m. PST

I am guessing that this article is a summation or summary of the book, otherwise the title is misleading.

The article mentions two proposed myths one that is explained (burning of Washington) and the other not. Cochrane is mentioned only as the leader of the Chesapeake Campaign and as part of one of the aforementioned myths…that the burning of Washington was unprovoked. I have not read anywhere where this was considered a myth.

Instead, the is article really a thumb nail sketch of the pre war and War of 1812 and its causes as related to the one of the articles themes…that the period from the Treaty of Paris, 1780 to the end of the War was really one long trade war.

One would be better served to consult Donald Hickey's book " Don't Give Up the Ship!: Myths of the War of 1812."

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2018 3:12 p.m. PST



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