Andrew Jackson's Role in the Battle of New Orleans

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As a senior commanding officer in the United States army, Andrew Jackson was instrumental at defending the nation’s independence against British colonialism. He is credited for having been one of the most distinguished veteran’s of the American Revolution, at one point even being a prisoner of war. Of all his major achievements at the political and military fronts, it was his participation in the Anglo-American War of 1812 that propelled him into nationwide fame and recognition. According to Robert Remini (11) in his book “The Battle of New Orleans”, during the war Jackson exuded nothing short of fierceness and strength, coupled with confidence at the helm of the military. The revolutionary warfare of 1812 catalyzed aggressive sentiments among Native Americans, which were directed towards white settlers in southeastern United States. The American Indians were led by Tecumseh, who incited Muskogean people living in northern Alabama and Georgia to attack white settlers there. This move culminated into the outbreak of the Creek War after the intervention of the United States forces under the direction of Andrew Jackson as a military general. Jackson guided his team of army personnel through the civil war, which saw approximately four hundred white settlers losing their lives. During the war, Jackson led his army into victory over the antagonistic Muskogean tribal confederacy at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1814. This was also a critical moment for the American army as they had effectively thwarted the British forces’ attempts to create a buffer zone within the southeastern region of the United States. Tecumseh had allied himself with the British colonialists with the aim of creating a resistance against an American expansion into Amerindian ancestral territory. Consequently, Jackson was personally responsible for ending the horrendous Creek War. Defeating the hostile Native American at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend was only one part of Jackson’s military and...
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