What were the British Navy’s ‘press gangs’?

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  1. Once impressed, sailors weren't allowed to leave the ship for years, whether in port or not.
    Press Gangs abducting American Citizens was a major contributor to the circumstances that led to the War of 1812.

  2. The practice of forcing men into military service. Was a big factor in starting the British and American war of 1812. As Americans were often among those forced into military service by the British.


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