Why US goverment did not restart fighting and did not try to conquer Canada again after Battle of New Orleans in 1814 ?

Apr 2014
338
Istanbul Turkey
#1
Considering all British attempts to capture New York , Baltimore and New Orleans failed and British army was being recalled to Europe after Napoleon's escape from Elba in February 1815 , why US goverment recognised, ratified and stick Treaty of Ghent instead of waiving it ? According to US history they had already won the war , why did not invade Canada again then , it was defenceless and ripe for taking and US frigates were sinking all Royal Navy ships at sea so if British would try to retake it they could be stopped.
 
Dec 2011
4,381
Iowa USA
#2
The U.S. forces that performed best in this war were the natives of Tennessee and other southeast locations. These militia had achieved their objectives. The Spanish and native power in the Southeast were broken, and Spain would acknowledge this formally by selling all of Florida four years after Ghent.
 

pugsville

Ad Honorem
Oct 2010
8,350
#3
Considering all British attempts to capture New York , Baltimore and New Orleans failed and British army was being recalled to Europe after Napoleon's escape from Elba in February 1815 , why US goverment recognised, ratified and stick Treaty of Ghent instead of waiving it ? According to US history they had already won the war , why did not invade Canada again then , it was defenceless and ripe for taking and US frigates were sinking all Royal Navy ships at sea so if British would try to retake it they could be stopped.
They were broke and in fainical ruin. US history is often fiction. (like otehr nations)
 
May 2011
13,697
Navan, Ireland
#5
........................................... According to US history they had already won the war ...................................................
Well US history is simply wrong.

The US were not winning the war at all, in fact their trade was destroyed, their Navy defeated and bottled up in port, their invasions of Canada utter failures, the RN raids the US coast at will and in some states there is even talk of secession.

Many Americans never wanted the war in the first place now they wanted it over.
 
Nov 2010
7,332
Cornwall
#6
Considering all British attempts to capture New York , Baltimore and New Orleans failed and British army was being recalled to Europe after Napoleon's escape from Elba in February 1815 , why US goverment recognised, ratified and stick Treaty of Ghent instead of waiving it ? According to US history they had already won the war , why did not invade Canada again then , it was defenceless and ripe for taking and US frigates were sinking all Royal Navy ships at sea so if British would try to retake it they could be stopped.
Don't kid yourself that there was some sort of parity at this time. The British army in Europe was not related to smaller forces in America. Nor the navy. It was just a side war and no, the USA didn't win it.
 

pugsville

Ad Honorem
Oct 2010
8,350
#8
[QUOTE="merdiolu, post: 3103900, member: 27543"US frigates were sinking all Royal Navy ships at sea so if British would try to retake it they could be stopped.[/QUOTE]

Why are so many people not acquinted with the basic fact sof this war?

The US Navy amd US ships had beeen swept from the world's oceans. US trade decimated and the US Givernment facing bankrupcy.

The Royal comprehensively defeated the US.
 

Bart Dale

Ad Honorem
Dec 2009
7,095
#9
Considering all British attempts to capture New York , Baltimore and New Orleans failed and British army was being recalled to Europe after Napoleon's escape from Elba in February 1815 , why US goverment recognised, ratified and stick Treaty of Ghent instead of waiving it ? According to US history they had already won the war , why did not invade Canada again then , it was defenceless and ripe for taking and US frigates were sinking all Royal Navy ships at sea so if British would try to retake it they could be stopped.
Why would the US want to? The War or 1812 badly damaged the US merchent marine fleet, and the war was very unpopular in New England. The peace terms to.the US were very favorable considering how the war progressed, and the US had plenty of land to expand into, with the Louisiana Purchase and the old Northwest territories (Ohio, Michigan, Indiana).

There would be no logical reason to risk all that by restarting a war that was not going to well for the US. And keep in mind Britain was America's biggest trading partner, which the war disrupted. There was every reason to end the war and not have it continue.
 
Feb 2016
4,180
Japan
#10
The Americans learned invading Canada presented them with the same problems the British had .... large expanse of land, small available force, lots of armed locals... Canada was an unrealistic pipe dream before the war and most could see how difficult an invasion would be... even more so now Canadian militia was at a much higher standard than in 1812.

Also despite the lucky win at New Orleans the war had been a disaster, the US Navy was blockaded, us privateers shut down, British privateers hunted what trickle of US merchants that could sail... they were desperate for peace.