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Seeds of American Empire

December 2, 2019

Off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia, on Monday, June 22, 1807, the British warship HMS Leopard attacked the American frigate USS Chesapeake and “impressed” four seaman, three were American citizens. President Thomas Jefferson knew he couldn’t win a war with Britain, so he embargoed trade. Five years later another President went to war and only Andrew Jackson’s defense of New Orleans turned the war in America’s favor. That sowed the seeds of an American Empire, 212 years ago.

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