The War of 1812
, in which Oliver Hazard Perry came to prominence, is not the most well known. At the time of the war itself, it was overshadowed by the far larger, more dramatic Battle of Waterloo
against Napoleon Bonaparte
, which took place just three years later. The War of 1812 was one from which both sides gained. The United States
gained a sense that its place as an independent state, able to defend itself, was confirmed. The British in Canada felt that they had successfully kept a powerful foe on the right side of their borders. The Royal Navy was acutely conscious that the United States Navy had won most of the single-ship duels during the War, including the Battle of Lake Erie, led by Perry. Also, American privateers and commerce raiders had captured numerous British merchant ships, sending insurance rates up and embarrassing the Admiralty. On the other hand, the Royal Navy had been able to deploy overwhelming strength into American waters, annihilating American maritime trade. The Royal Navy made some changes to its practices in construction and gunnery and focused more on accuracy than on rate of fire as had been the case. It remained the most powerful navy in the world for at least the next 100 years. These changes to the British Navy's strategy aided providence by placing Britain in a strong position to defend liberty and democracy in World War I
and World War II
, by which time the United States
had become one of Britain's strongest allies, whose participation in both wars would, in the end, secure victory.