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The Chesapeake-Leopard Affair
What do you know about The Chesapeake-Leopard
Affair? Try this US History Made Easy Quiz. "Check Your Answers"
at the end of the page.
When does one of the major events leading to the War of 1812 happen?
- June 22, 1805
- June 22, 1807
- June 22, 1809
- June 22, 1811
2) The United States Navy frigate Chesapeake
lay off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia. Who is commander of the ship?
- Captain George Rogers
- Admiral Ira McCain
- Captain Warren Harding
- Commodore James Barron
3) The British fourth-rate warship Leopard,
under the command of Salisbury Pryce Humphreys, hails and requests to
search the Chesapeake for suspected deserters from the Royal Navy;
when the Chesapeake refuse, the Leopard begins to fire
broadsides. What is the death total in the attack on the Chesapeake?
4) The Chesapeake, her decks cluttered with
stores in preparation for a long cruise, manages to fire only a single gun
in reply to the Leopard.
5) Humphreys sends a boarding party to search for
the deserters. The boarding party finds four Royal Navy deserters among
the Chesapeake crew. They are taken for trial to the HMS Starship
6) The British born sailor is the only one executed.
Who is the sailor?
- David Martin
- John Strachan
- William Ware
- Jenkin Ratford
7) The three Americans are sentenced to 500 lashes
each, but the sentence is later commuted, and the British government
eventually offers to return them to the U.S. and pay reparations for
damaging the Chesapeake.
8) The American public is outraged with the
incident, the President noted: "Never since the battle of Lexington
have I seen this country in such a state of exasperation." Who is the President?
- John Adams
- Thomas Jefferson
- James Madison
- James Monroe
9) This event serves to raise tensions between the
two countries and, while not a direct cause, can be seen as one of the
events leading up to the War of 1812. Indeed, many demand war following
the incident. The President initially turns to diplomacy and economic
pressure in the form of the ill-fated legislation. What act was passed?
- Chesapeake Protection Act
- Embargo Act of 1807
- Canadian Expansion Act
- Sea Act of 1810
10) During the War of 1812, the Chesapeake, then
under the command of Captain James Lawrence, is defeated and captured by
the British frigate HMS Shannon in a ship-to-ship action near
Boston. The Chesapeake is taken into service in the British Navy.
She is sold out of the service in 1820. When is the battle with the Shannon?
- June 1, 1812
- June 1, 1813
- June 1, 1814
- June 1, 1815