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The National and International Context of the War

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While Americans view the War of 1812 as its own separate historical event, world historians most commonly view it as one facet of the Napoleonic Wars, a series of conflicts with global reach and impact. Within the United States, the conflict played out in the capture of Washington, D.C., the Battle of New Orleans, and caused a deep political divide among northern and southern states. Understanding the broader context of the war helps inform thinking about Vermont’s role in the conflict.