January 3, 2019
The last battle of the War of 1812, the Battle of New Orleans, ended in a stunning victory of the American forces, led by Major General Andrew Jackson. General Jackson’s decisive triumph, leading 5,530 American troops against a seasoned British force of nearly 10,100, secured New Orleans and the Mississippi Valley from British control, allowed for westward settlement and economic development on the lands west of the Allegheny Mountains, revitalized American’s faith in their country’s future and made Jackson a national hero. The victory also raised the status of the fledgling United States in the eyes of European powers who had seen the country as not much more than a temporary experiment in self-government. The British defeat eventually led to Jackson’s becoming the seventh president of the United States. Test your knowledge of the Battle wit!h this quiz!