Historic Markers Across Florida

General Andrew Jackson In Florida - 1818

Marker ID: FLHM F-273
Location: Florida Caverns State Park
County: Jackson
Coordinates: N 30° 48.977    W 085° 14.039
  30.81628333    -85.23398333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM7NHY


American desire for the acquisition of Florida grew after 1800 as U.S. frontiers expanded. Border incidents provided motivation for General Andrew Jackson´s 1818 expedition against Florida´s Seminole Indians. Jackson´s army destroyed Indian stronghold in the Apalachee Region. On May 11, 1818, during a 12 day march from Fort Gadsden on the lower Apalachicola River to the Escambia River, Jackson crossed the Chipola River´s Natural Bridge near here. Pensacola surrendered to Jackson later that month. This foray into Spanish territory created serious repercussions at home and abroad but paved the way for U.S. acquisition of Florida from Spain.

Sponsors: sponsored by the Florida State Society, United States Daughters of 1812, through the Courtesy Of Mrs. Esther A. Poppell, Colonel William Carroll Lee Chapter, in cooperation with the Department of State


City: Marianna, FL