During those formative decades of U.S. history, each time the infant nation was able to show itself capable, that only continued to reinforce that we had not only declared ourselves an independent nation, we were prepared to act like one. Part of acting like a nation meant building and deploying an army and navy to secure the nation against attack. And in those days when attack was a very real possibility from the British navy, the importance of a strong navy was significant.
In 1812 the United States of America declared war on the Empire of Great Britain. Although the name suggest that the war was effectively a one year long affair, the truth is that this conflict raged on until 1815 when a peace treaty was signed. After the American Revolutionary War, which gave America independence from … Read more