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Augustine. “Add one other regiment and one frigate, and that i will make sure you Cuba in a couple of days. ”24 Spanish ambassador Juan de Onis expressed outrage while he heard of Jackson’s exploits. He fired a vicious protest to the nation division, all yet pointing out conflict. extra embarrassed than intimidated, the President ordered Jackson to retire and cede Spanish cities again to the Spanish. still, the President defended his army commander, calling his invasion of Florida “an act of patriotism, necessary to the honour and pursuits of your state” and mentioning, the us stand justified in ordering their troops into Florida in pursuit in their enemy. they've got this correct through the legislation of countries, if the Seminoles have been population of one other nation and had entered Florida to elude pursuit. it isn't an act of hostility to Spain. it's the much less so, simply because her executive is sure through treaty to restrain . . . the Indians there from committing hostilities opposed to the USA. 25 The President warned the Spanish ambassador that Spanish troops must continue peace alongside the frontier with the US otherwise American troops may do the task for them. Henry Clay used to be livid on the President and his obtrusive contempt for Congress in sending troops to Amelia Island and Galveston with no congressional authorization. And he grew apoplectic at Jackson’s usurpation of congressional and, certainly, presidential authority. “Beware the way you supply a deadly sanction . . . to army insubordination,” Clay warned the President in a speech to Congress. “Remember that Greece had her Alexander, Rome her Caesar, England her Cromwell, and France her Bonaparte, and if we'd get away the rock on which they cut up, we needs to stay away from their mistakes. ”26 Subdued a little via his prior failure to win keep watch over over international coverage judgements, Clay didn't ask the home to censure the President, yet he had no such hesitation in tough condemnation of Andrew Jackson. Jackson had, on his personal, invaded international territory with out presidential or congressional authority and murdered Indian chiefs and British captives. not like Clay and different constitutionalists, most people hailed Jackson as a hero for his Florida adventures, together with his homicide of the Britishers and Indian chieftains. Westerners specifically observed Jackson as one among their very own. Born in 1767 of Scotch-Irish immigrants in a distant frontier quarter alongside the border among the western Carolinas, he used to be orphaned at delivery, his father having died 3 weeks previous. Like Clay, Jackson’s purely formal schooling used to be in a neighborhood box college. He took a role in a saddle-maker’s store prior to enlisting within the defense force as a courier whilst he was once 13. 21. British officer moves younger Andrew Jackson. Captured through the British through the progressive conflict, the 13-year-old volunteer trooper Andrew Jackson refused to scrub a British major’s boots and acquired a sword lower and scar for his defiance. (Library of Congress) Captured by way of the British together with his older brother Robert, he approximately starved to loss of life, and while he refused to scrub the boots of a British officer in trade for nutrients, the officer slashed him with a sword, completely scarring the boy’s head and left hand.