War of 1812, a war between the United States and Great Britain, 181215. Neither nation won a clear victory, and the hopes of many Americans that Canada would be annexed to the United States were dashed. The war did end British support of the Indians who menaced settlement of United States territory west of the original colonies.The U.S.S. Constitution emerged from the War of 1812 as an enduring American symbol.
A dramatic incident of the war was the burning of the White House and other government buildings in Washington by the British in 1814. The words of the American national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," were written during this war and refer to one of its battles. In a sea battle Captain James Lawrence, wounded and facing defeat, ordered his men, "Don't give up the ship." Two of the war's military heroes became United States PresidentsAndrew Jackson and William Henry Harrison.