Causes of the War of 1812 This is a great video and a good starting point on wars - why they start, what we think will be the result and how it ends up. It is an interesting war in that there really was no winner. Remember there is No unbiased opinion. If you are the winner your views are always different from the loser. If you are one pulled into a war your view will be different again. Have each child look at this war from a Canadian, American, British and even the Indian viewpoint.