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Territory is a major cause of wars and crises between countries Throughout history people have been fighting over who owns what land In this essay I will be going over just one of these conflicts involving territory This essay will go over and explain the territorial disputes over Florida between the United States of America and Spain The early part of the nineteenth century saw the United States expanding under an impulse known to historians as manifest destiny Manifest destiny was not only a move westward but also towards the south The Acquisition of Florida was part of this southward movement and though Spain did not care to let Florida Pass from under her jurisdiction conditions made it impossible for her to do more than delay the action Martin 1 For years before 1810 Spanish Florida spread across a narrow strip of the Gulf of Mexico all the way to the Mississippi River Temptation was high to acquire this territory so on October 27 1810 President James Madison proclaimed American authority over all the section of Florida between the Mississippi and Perdido Rivers By the year 1814 American troops were stationed throughout this area and thereafter Spain never gained control of it again During the War of 1812 the United States was hoping to acquire all of Florida especially if Spain came into the War against the United States but she chose to stay non-belligerent in the struggle Marvin 3 The occupation of most of West Florida was a flagrant aggression on Spanish territory but the Madison administration insisted that the territory had actually been acquired by the purchase of Louisiana in 1803 Spain did not agree on this view and protested against it to the bitter end but to no avail Marvin 3 Spain divided what was left of Spanish Florida after 1814 into two sections East and West Florida making the Suwannee River the dividing point The Western boundary
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