The federal government did not follow Jackson's recommendation, for the time being. In the 1820s the country was getting its first intelligence reports of the
Seminole maroons. American officers were beginning to sense the difficulties that the
community could present if forced to leave Florida. As Indian Agent Jean Pénières reported in 1821:
"They fear again being made slaves under the American government and will omit nothing to increase or keep alive mistrust among the Indians, whom they in fact govern. If it should become necessary to use force with them, it is to be feared that the Indians will take their part."
ASPIA 2: 411.
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