What Were the Effects of the Embargo Act of 1807?

The Embargo Act of 1807 caused ships to begin evading the rules that were set by the act and prices were raised on the goods that were shipped. The Embargo Act of 1807 was a way to avoid having a war with Britain, but did not go as planned due to illegal and black market trading.

The Embargo Act of 1807 was a direct result of the impressment of American ships, goods and men by the British during a time of conflict throughout the United States, Britain and France. While the U.S. was not technically involved in the conflict, they were affected because the British began to seize their ships that were taking goods to France.

When Thomas Jefferson began to hear of the seizures of American goods, he started looking for a solution. He did not want to send the U.S. to another war with the British, but he could also not allow his American ships and crews to continue being attacked by the British. He imposed the Embargo Act which restricted the way that goods were taken to and from the U.S., France and Britian. This act made sure that the ships were fully bonded and that the crews were protected. Since these factors made it more difficult for tradesmen to profit from their goods, they began to go to the black market with their goods.