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The defeat of Napoleon in 1814 allowed Britain to take the offensive in the War of 1812 against the USA. A force of 4,000 men, under General Robert Ross, was landed at Chesapeake Bay. A militia force at Bladensburg on 24 August was brushed aside and the British entered Washington, burning the White House in retaliation for the American sack of Toronto in 1813.

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