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  • PEGGY Mathews
    FYI April 4 1812 Madison s Embargo On this day in 1812, President James Madison fired an economic salvo at the British government and enacted a ninety-day
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 4, 2005
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      FYI

      April 4

      1812 Madison's Embargo

      On this day in 1812, President James Madison fired an economic salvo at the
      British government and enacted a ninety-day embargo on trade with England.
      Madison's embargo was the last in a steady succession of putatively peaceful
      trade measures; like its predecessors, the embargo was designed to protect
      America's embattled merchant ships from continued attacks by the British and
      French (American ships had been under siege since 1807). But, the
      non-violent nature of Madison's response barely masked his readiness to lead
      America into battle, especially against the British. Indeed, in November of
      1811, the President had urged Congress to cloak the country in "an armor and
      an attitude demanded by the crisis." Madison's rhetoric was perhaps a bit
      disingenuous: his willingness to do battle stemmed as much from his desire
      to usurp British territory in Canada, Spanish Florida and what would become
      the American West. While expansionists, including Henry Clay and John C.
      Calhoun, licked their chops in anticipation of war, moderate legislators
      still hoped to forge a more peaceful solution. Though the embargo may have
      temporarily appeased the moderates, it did little to forestall war: the
      British refused to cease harassing American ships, prompting Madison to lead
      America into the War of 1812

      http://www.historychannel.com/tdih/tdih.jsp?category=wallstreet

      Michael Mathews


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      being." - Jane Wyman
    • lalozon
      From: Michael Mathews On this day in 1812, President James Madison fired an economic salvo at the British government and enacted a
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        From: "Michael Mathews" <ciefranche21e@...>

        " On this day in 1812, President James Madison fired an economic salvo at
        the British government and enacted a ninety-day embargo on trade with
        England. ..."
        http://www.historychannel.com/tdih/tdih.jsp?category=wallstreet





        Mr. Mathews,

        Thank you for the post, many of us in the Great White North (it
        snowed here this weekend!) forget to visit http://www.historychannel.com as
        it is your History Channel, ours is at http://www.history.ca




        Yrs.

        L2
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