So I listened to a podcast on the drive home yesterday discussing the importance of the War of 1812. Basically, there are two important things we can take from it: Canada won (in the end if you think about it), and it's the reason the USA now has an enormous navy.
However, what I didn't know about the war was had it drawn on longer, a large group of northern businessmen would have pushed for succession from the USA because of the negative effects the war imposed on their trade with Europe. Basically, after the USA became a country, the states really didn't have a whole lot of economic interaction with one another. They viewed themselves more as independent entities and most of their trade was with European countries. When the war began and the ocean's routes to Europe became blocked off, the states were forced to begin trading more heavily with one another. The North took up the manufacturing responsibilities and the South took up the agricultural responsibilities.
I love the War of 1812, it's so overlooked and so interesting. I've been to Ft. Mchenry in Baltimore and seen where Fitzgerald composed the lyrics to the US nat'l anthem!
That bit of economics is so cool! I'd never heard that perspective before! And of course we had a civil war later because of that division of labour! (in part)
History flows, and I think your analysis provides great examples of that.