21 February 2007
We May Have Made A Mistake
Swamps, aligators, Seminole wars, Hurricanes, Key West, Bay of Pigs, Cuban refugees, millionaire gold coast, Disney World, Presidential brother, Terry Schiavo, two narrow elections that stuck us with W and now the possibility of moving up a primary that even further extends the election period into mind numbing perpetuity. Florida may be a perfectly wonderful state, but I can't help but wonder if Spain wouldn't like it back.
In 1819, after years of negotiations, Secretary of State John Quincy Adams achieved a diplomatic coup with the signing of the Florida Purchase Treaty, which officially put Florida into U.S. hands at no cost beyond the U.S. assumption of some $5 million of claims by U.S. citizens against Spain. Formal U.S. occupation began in 1821, and General Andrew Jackson, the hero of the War of 1812, was appointed military governor. Florida was organized as a U.S. territory in 1822 and was admitted into the Union as a slave state in 1845.