BREAKING: British Burn Washington … 2 Centuries Ago

imageTwo hundred years ago this week, during the War of 1812, invading British troops destroyed two of the nation’s most important buildings — the White House and the Capitol. The war had started over issues of tariffs and the taking of American sailors on the high seas; by the summer of 1814, British fighters were in middle of a campaign burning and looting along the coast. —BREAKING: British Burn Washington … 2 Centuries Ago : NPR.