To the American public the ensuing "Patriot War" of 1812-1813 appeared to be the spontaneous action of Georgia militia -- the so-called Patriots. It looked as if the Patriots had entered Florida of their own accord, hoping to foment rebellion and build popular support for U.S. annexation. Few Americans realized that the President and Congress had authorized the action. The ruse even fooled generations of historians who described the Patriot War as the independent action of filibusters.
Smith Plot 188-212.
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