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War of 1812, The popular name of the second war between the United States and Great Britain. Blessed with prosperity and dreading war, the people of the United States submitted to many acts of tyranny from Great Britain and France rather than become involved in armed conflicts with them. Consequently, the government of the United States was only nominally independent. Socially and commercially, the United States tacitly acknowledged their dependence on Europe, and especially upon England; and the latter was rapidly acquiring a dangerous political interest and influence in American affairs when the war broke out. The war begun in 1775 was really only the first great step towards independence; the war begun in 1812 first thoroughly accomplished the independence of the United States. Franklin once heard a person speaking of the Revolution as the war of independence, and reproved him, saying, Sir, you mean the Revolution; the war of independence is yet to come. It was a war for i