The Olympics wrapped up after two weeks of world records, many “firsts” and the greatest amount of national pride many countries and athletes could feel.
Another historic event occurring this summer is the bicentennial of the War of 1812. This war (it was sometimes referred to as “the second war of independence”) was instrumental in bringing immense national pride and patriotism to the young America.
The war began June 18, 1812 between the ill-prepared United States and the naval powerhouse, Great Britain. The U.S. was feeling the pinch from Britain regarding restrictions of international trade, the practice by the Royal Navy of removing U.S. seaman from ships for their own use, and the lack of ability to expand U.S. territories.
After over two years of conflict and many defeats – including the burning of the capital in Washington D.C. – the U.S. was able to overcome the invasion of harbors in New York, Baltimore and New Orleans. These victories ultimately led to the Treaty of Ghent, which was signed in February of 1815 and ended the war and thus bolstered national confidence and a new spirit of patriotism.
As the Olympians competed, stood on podiums, or walked into the opening and closing ceremonies, they must have felt a similar spirit of patriotism.
To recognize the War of 1812, OceanGrafix now has historical charts commemorating its 200th anniversary. Choose from New York, Boston, Norfolk, Baltimore and New Orleans. Each unique chart contains authentic navigational data and facts and images pertinent to the war.