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Jackson reviews troops in the First Seminole War
General Jackson reviewing troops during the First Seminole War. Engraving from Frost's A Pictorial Biography of Andrew Jackson (1860).
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The ensuing conflict came to be known as the First Seminole War. Jackson's goal was to destroy the Seminole havens for fugitive slaves, while establishing American military dominance over Florida. Even though the U.S. had clearly initiated the conflict, American historians have tended to follow the lead of 19th century U.S. public relations, dating the war to Seminole counterattacks.

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Sources: ASPMA 1: 722.
Part 1, Early Years: Outline  l  Images
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 + War: 1832-1838
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Standard misrepresentations of the war in contemporary history