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Struggle for the Gulf Borderlands, Struggle for the Gulf Borderlands, 0817310622, 0-8173-1062-2, 978-0-8173-1062-2, 9780817310622,

Struggle for the Gulf Borderlands
The Creek War and the Battle of New Orleans, 1812-1815
by Frank L. Owsley , Jr

Quality Paper
2000. 280 pp.
978-0-8173-1062-2
Price:  $29.95 s

This examination of the Creek War integrates that struggle into the
larger conflict that broke out in 1812 between Great Britain and the United
States.

Using American, British, and Spanish documents, many previously
unknown, Frank Owsley's study establishes the Creek War and the struggle
to control the Gulf borderlands as integral parts of the War of 1812. The
war between the United States and a large part of the Creek nation is usually
studied as local or regional history. These documentary sources, however,
show the larger picture. They show Spain to have been a major influence
in the Creek War and indicate the extent to which the British were aiding
the Indians and using them to redirect American troops. On the other hand,
Andrew Jackson, in charge of the American forces on the Gulf Coast, emerged
from the conflict as a first-rate military commander. His victories on
the Gulf gave the West a leader and aided in shifting political power from
the eastern seaboard to the South and West.

Owsley concludes that the victories in the Gulf region
were of sufficient magnitude to justify the claim that the War of 1812
was not a draw but a decisive American victory and that had there been
a general of Jackson's caliber on the northern frontier, the United States
might have had a clear-cut victory there.

As a result of the war, the United States held its claim
on Louisiana, annexed the Mobile district, forced Spain out of Florida,
and broke the power of the southern Indians, thus opening vast lands for
settlement from the new nation on the eastern seaboard.


Frank Lawrence Owsley Jr. is Professor Emeritus of History at Auburn University.

 


"[Owsley] hasproduced the most fully researched account yet to be published on the warin the Gulf Borderlands, 1812-1815, drawing on every archive likely tocontain useful information. . . . A substantial contribution to Americannaval and intellectual history."
Journal of American History

"This is a well-researched and beautifully written aswell as a most important book. The author deserves a hearty "well done"for so delightfully completing his task of integrating the Creek War andthe War of 1812."
Louisiana History

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