American forces failed to conquer Canada, but they won key naval battles on Lake Erie and the Atlantic, as well as defensive battles against British invasions of the United States.
A series of American invasions of Canada led to the collapse of a Native American coalition, but not to the conquest of a British colony.
Repeated victories over the Royal Navy created a proud American naval tradition.
Engagement between the U.S. Frigate Constitution and H.M.S. Guerriere
Painted by Carlton Chapman in 1895 Courtesy of the New-York Historical Society, New York, New York
Americans experienced the war at home as a country and people under British blockade and attack.