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Transcript of Florida Territory
What's Found Here?
By: Payal Kumar
What about this territory that could give your family a good life in 1850?
Riches, crops, animals, jobs?
~ One of the many riches in Florida are the citrus fruits, and the many crops found here.
~ Florida has large areas of fertile farm lands and an abundant ocean which provides good paying jobs.
There are several crops grown in Florida that include avocado, blueberry, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, oranges, passion fruit, etc.
~ Animals that were hunted in Florida include the White-Tailed deer, wild turkey, alligators, Eastern Diamondback rattlesnakes, etc.
~Jobs that were available in Florida were fishing, fur trapping, and farming.
~ One the many reasons that The United States wanted the Florida territory was because of the crops and its potential as a slave state.
James Monroe (1758-1831), the fifth U.S. president during this time ordered General Andrew Jackson to go to the border of Florida/ Georgia and stop raids between Seminole Indians and to stop slaves from going into Florida.
~ Seminole Indians welcomed and accepted the arrival of runaway African-American slaves.
~ Many of the Indians joined the British to fight the Americans, and became the United States enemy.
How was it acquired?
~Monroe sent General Andrew Jackson to Spanish Florida to stop Seminole Indians from raiding American settlements.
~He led his troops deep into areas of Florida under Spanish control, capturing 2 Spanish forts.
~In addition to securing a greater protection for American settlements, the mission helped to expose the vulnerability of Spanish rule in Florida.
~President Monroe and General Jackson used that vulnerability and forced the Spanish to sell it to the United States.
~The treaty that gave us Florida was the
Adams - Onis treaty.
~ General Andrew Jackson, soon later to be the seventh president of the United States led 2,000 troops over the Florida border instead of following President Monroe's orders.
~ Jackson invaded Florida capturing St. Marks and Pensacola, and arrested, tried, and executed two British nationals he charged with helping the Indians.
~Despite calls to punish him for his unauthorized invasion, President James Monroe refused to censure him.