For many Americans, the War of 1812 remains an enigma; tucked between two wars fueled by fierce passions, its causes were sparked more by special interests than national zeal. New Englanders, who were making a fortune supplying the British in their fight with Napoleon, remained staunchly neutral. Native Americans saw the war as a clear-cut case of land-hungry frontiersmen trying to eat up a continent. Expansionists dreamed of adding Canada and Florida to the national coffers, the first faint rumblings…