Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry
About the Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry Lesson
A lesson on the Oliver Hazard Perry and War of 1812. Students read about the life of Oliver Hazard Perry and his influence on the War of 1812. The reading is accompanied by true/false questions.
• To present the major historical facts pertaining to the life of Oliver Hazard Perry.
• To assess the student?s comprehension of Oliver Hazard Perry and his influence on the War of 1812.
During the early part of the War of 1812 the United States was at a distinct disadvantage in naval prowess compared to the British. Great Britain possessed the greatest navy in the world in the early 1800s which enabled that country to rule the oceans and control far-flung colonies. This naval prowess extended to the Great Lakes as well. British naval commanders were able to sail their vessels along the St. Lawrence River to gain access to the Great Lakes, specifically Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.