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America's Hundred Years' WarU.S. Expansion to the Gulf Coast and the Fate of the Seminole,
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William S. Belko

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813035253

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813035253.001.0001

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Epilogue to the War of 1812

Epilogue to the War of 1812

The Monroe Administration, American Anglophobia, and the First Seminole War

(p.54) 3 Epilogue to the War of 1812
America's Hundred Years' War

William S. Belko

University Press of Florida

This chapter addresses how one facet of international rivalry in the Gulf South region ultimately determined the fate of the Seminole. This international competition significantly affected U.S. national security policy for the Gulf South region. The combination of Indian resistance and foreign influence compelled U.S. policymakers, through a number of means, to push harder to the Gulf of Mexico. Anxious aggrandizement characterized American expansion in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries as much as it would the massive territorial expansion of the 1840s. This chapter argues that intense Anglophobia in America determined ultimately the nature of U.S.-Seminole relations in the wake of the War of 1812, and thus the effort to drive the British out of the region led directly to the eventual military destruction and removal of the Florida Indians.

Keywords:   security policy, Gulf South, U.S. policymakers, Anglophobia, U.S.-Seminole relations, military destruction

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