1818 CAPPED BUST 50C, LETTERED EDGE MS65
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Even though Florida was Spanish Territory, the United States- an ally to Spain, frequented the territory to access its ports and general relation reasons. Unfortunately, like most of the North American continent, this territory was also occupied by some of the fiercest Native tribes who prided themselves on strength and war. As a result, it was not uncommon to see frequent attacks against settlers in the region and when leaders back in D.C. learned of constant attacks, their detest for natives grew. One such attack on an innocent brigade sent to assist supply ships that had trouble navigating the Apalachicola River, pushed officials over the edge. This brigade led by Lt. Richard W. Scott –which consisted of several men, women, and children- never intended to harm anyone. On November 30, 1817 Scott’s fate flipped as Seminole, Red Stick Creek, and a few other tribe warriors attacked. Few people were able to survive the brutal attack that is credited for starting the First Seminole War and once word got back to Washington, people were outraged. In response to the attack President Monroe pulled out his secret weapon, General Andrew Jackson, to seek revenge for Scott. Originally many thought General Jackson invaded Florida on his own accord, but documents surrounding the event suggest he was ordered. Regardless, Jackson’s invasion on March 15, 1818 was still considered controversial since the territory was in fact Spain’s, but justice needed to be served. Throughout his 1818 tour Jackson set the score straight which ultimately surmounted in his astronomical distaste for natives that would lead to his Indian Removal Act of the 1830s. During this time Spain was slightly taken-aback by the nation’s actions as plans to hand the territory over were under way, but Jackson assured his attack was for the good of the United States and intended to follow Spanish law. In the end, Jackson’s attack changed tides to favor the American side of the Seminole War and we were still able to obtain Florida the following year.