Trouble in Europe Why were France and Great Britain fighting” How were U.S. ships being affected by the European war? How did Great Britain violate American neutrality? France and Great Britain were fighting in Europe. America did not want to take sides, as they wanted to stay in a neutral state. America continued to trade with both countries. To stop this problem, Great Britain seized America ships trading with France, and impressed U.S soldiers and forced them to serve in the British Army. Jefferson passed the Embargo Act of 1807 that prohibited foreign trade. This ended up hurting Americans more than it did Britain and France. Americans began to illegally trade with other countries. Jefferson decided to allow Americans to trade with every country except Britain and France. This stopped most of the illegal trading with Britain and France. Britain still did not stop impressing U.s Soldiers and capturing American ships. America had asked them to stop, but it just wasn’t working. France was also capturing American ships but they captured mostly merchant ships. The war was declared in 1812 and most Native Americans were on Britain’s side, because Americans were taking the Native’s land. America did have some Natives on their side though. The War did not come at a good time with Britain though because they were still fighting a war in Europe.
There for, the Americans did have an advantage, as they were only fighting one war and Britain was fighting two. Work Sited: Prentice Hall America History of Our Nation I Text