Border Law: The First Seminole War and American Nationhood by Deborah A. Rosen

By Deborah A. Rosen

The First Seminole warfare of 1816–1818 performed a severe position in shaping how the us demarcated its spatial and criminal barriers throughout the early years of the republic. Rooted in notions of yank exceptionalism, show up future, and racism, the criminal framework that emerged from the warfare laid the foundation for the Monroe Doctrine, the Dred Scott determination, and U.S. westward growth over the process the 19th century, as Deborah Rosen explains in Border Law.

When basic Andrew Jackson’s troops invaded Spanish-ruled Florida within the overdue 1810s, they seized forts, destroyed cities, and captured or killed Spaniards, Britons, Creeks, Seminoles, and African-descended humans. As Rosen indicates, americans vigorously debated those competitive activities and raised urgent questions about the rights of wartime prisoners, using army tribunals, the character of sovereignty, the foundations for working throughout territorial borders, the validity of preemptive moves, and the position of race in picking out criminal rights. Proponents of Jackson’s Florida campaigns claimed a spot for the U.S. as a member of the eu diplomatic group whereas even as saying a local sphere of impact and new principles concerning the software of overseas law.

American justifications for the incursions, which allotted rights alongside racial strains and allowed large leeway for extraterritorial motion, cast a extra unified nationwide id and set a precedent for an assertive international policy.

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Moreover, most congressmen apparently were convinced that the president had a form of congressional authorization for the occupation in a secret “No Transfer Resolution” passed by Congress in January 1811 at President James Madison’s request. The resolution authorized the president to take possession of East Florida if a foreign power threatened to occupy it. 20 Frustrated by the continuing conflict between the United States and Spain, Luis de Onís suggested submitting the two nations’ disputes to British mediation.

Spanish Relations and the Florida Campaigns╇ •â•‡ 25 Â� monarchs and foreign ministers who were then meeting at Aix-Â�la-Â�Chapelle (Aachen), Prussia. The Congress of Aix-Â�la-Â�Chapelle included delegates from Britain, Russia, Prussia, and Austria. The group, convened primarily to discuss troops’ withdrawal from their occupation of France, dealt with a variÂ� Â�ety of other European grievances and governance issues. Adams expressed surprise that Onís would persist in suggesting European arbitration.

Since Spanish authorities had allowed Florida to become a dangerous neighbor, newspaper editorials proclaimed, the United States should occupy the territory. After thirteen years of waiting for peaceful resolution of American grievances, it was time to act decisively and, with force of arms, take possession of Florida. S. occupation of Florida became clearer every day. The newspaper said Spain had been too weak to keep the British out of Pensacola during the War of 1812, eject Aury from Amelia Island, or restrain the Seminoles as required by treaty.

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