SAT Subject US History Practice Question 539: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 539

70. All the following factors combined to cause the United States to declare war on Great Britain in 1812 EXCEPT:

A. U.S. desire to acquire Canada and Florida
B. bumbling policies of President James Madison
C. impressment of U.S. sailors into the British Navy
D. British alliance with and support of Native American tribes
E. U.S. purchase of New France, later called the Louisiana Territory

Correct Answer: E


The Louisiana Purchase had happened in 1803, well before war was declared; it was not a factor in the war.

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