I have been putting the finishing touches on an upcoming article for publication on War of 1812 Federal bounty land. When checking out some online resources, I ran across this series of YouTube videos showing a 2013 presentation by an award-winning author on maritime history, Dr. Paul A. Gilje. I have embedded the links below:
“Free Trade and Sailors’ Rights” was one of the slogans that defined the War of 1812 from the American perspective. Captain David Porter flew a flag from his ship, the Essex with those words stitched into it, shortly after the United States declared war on Great Britain in June 1812.