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Author Owsley, Frank Lawrence, Jr., 1928-2013.

Title Filibusters and expansionists : Jeffersonian manifest destiny, 1800-1821 / Frank Lawrence Owsley, Jr. and Gene A. Smith
Published Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, [1997]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 241 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents "A special kind of state making" : Jeffersonian manifest destiny -- "To conquer without war" : the philosophy of Jeffersonian expansion -- Followers of the green flag : revolution in the Texas borderlands -- The first Spanish-American War : patriot efforts to annex Florida -- "Pacified by paternal solitude" : Indian wars as an expansionist movement -- Leftover of war : Negro fort -- "A set of desperate and bloody dogs" : the acquisition of Amelia Island -- Destiny becomes manifest : Andrew Jackson invades Florida
Summary Utilizing memoirs, diaries, biographies, newspapers, and vast amounts of both foreign and domestic correspondence, Frank Lawrence Owsley, Jr., and Gene A. Smith reveal an insider's view of the filibusters and expansionists, the colorful - if not sometimes nefarious - characters on the front line of the United States's land grab
The first two decades of the 19th century found many Americans eager to move away from the crowded eastern seaboard and into new areas where their goals of landownership might be realized. Such movement was encouraged by Presidents Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe - collectively known as the Jeffersonians - who believed that the country's destiny was to have total control over the entire North American continent. The Jeffersonian presidents would have used any means, short of all-out war, to expand the boundaries of the United States. Filibusters and Expansionists explores the motives of those presidents in office during that time and also the successful and unsuccessful intrigues and episodes of the movement
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-234) and index
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Subject Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
Madison, James, 1751-1836.
Monroe, James, 1758-1831.
Manifest Destiny.
Florida -- History -- Spanish colony, 1784-1821.
Gulf Coast (U.S.) -- History.
Texas -- History -- 1810-1821.
United States -- Territorial expansion.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Smith, Gene A., 1963-
ISBN 0585098085 (electronic bk.)
9780585098081 (electronic bk.)
(alk. paper)