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Next on the trail is a bust dedicated to the War of 1812. The bust depicts a serviceman in the American military at the time of the United States’ first declared war, which began as a territorial conflict between the British and French. When the British Navy began to dwindle in force, British ships began to capture American vessels and force their sailors to join the British Navy. As a result, Congress declared war on the British Empire in 1812. After a year of unsuccessful attacks on British forts in Canada, Americans soon turned the tide during the Battle of Baltimore, a battle that inspired the National Anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” Right after this battle, the British attempted to take New Orleans, but unbeknownst to both sides, peace had already been declared overseas by British and American representatives.

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