Overview- The Battle of Lake Erie was a pivotal event in the War of 1812 and was fought on September 10th, 1813. The battle took place on the water 8-9 miles north and west of Put-in-Bay, Ohio between the United States and Great Britain. Earlier, in March of 1813, Oliver Hazard Perry was sent by President James Madison to begin construction of a fleet of ships (Erie, PA) to take on the British Royal Navy who controlled all of Lake Erie. The Americans constructed several ships including two brigs (sail powered battleships), the Lawrence and the Niagara. Later that summer Perry sailed his fleet to Put-in-Bay to prepare for battle. The US ships set up a blockade that forced the British fleet (located in Detroit) led by Commander Robert Barclay to attack. On September 10th, 1813, the Battle of Lake Erie, sometimes called the Battle of Put-in-Bay, was fought. Nine vessels of the United States Navy defeated and captured six vessels of Great Britain's Royal Navy. America controlled Lake Erie for the rest of the war, which allowed the US to recover Fort Detroit and win the Battle of the Thames, breaking the Indian confederation of Tecumseh.
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