Essay PreviewMore ↓
Americans were interested in further expansion and looked to the weak Spanish provinces of East and West Florida. The Spanish were reluctant to give up what is now Florida, but in the end they worked out an agreement called the Adams Onis Treaty. In this essay I will describe how the Americans eventually got these provinces, the set backs of the signing of the treaty, and how it effected the economic growth of our nation.
Americans living in West Florida between the Iberville and Perdido Rivers declared their independence, and President Madison ordered the Governor of New Orleans Territory to take control of the independent land. The Americans now had control over half the territory they wanted but this did not satisfy them, this only made them more eager to gain control of East Florida. Almost two years after this event peace concluded, but Spain still had possession of East Florida. This time Spain only had two solutions to avoid a shameful political break down over this region. One was to gain support of a European ally, and the second was to get some form of honor in this event by winning some of the United States best land else where in North America. The first plan fell through, Britain and other European nations refused to help Spain. They eventually fell to having discussions with the United States.
The American government was entirely willing to have discussion of the East Florida issue become the end result of all Spanish-American boundary questions. John Quincy Adams was the Secretary of State and was the person taking care of all discussions between the U.S. and Spain. He saw that this was a perfect time to try to extend the boundary to the Pacific Ocean.
Luis de Onís was the minister of Spain at the time and he was the Spanish representative to the U.S. His instructions from the Spanish government was to transfer the Florida's to the United States in return for the American settlement west of the Mississippi. Onis was also to get a promise that the United States would not give material aid to, or recognize the independence of Spain's colonies in South America because of their lack of cooperation.
Difficulties came up over negotiating a satisfactory boundary in the West and also over the command to put American military in East Florida in 1818.
How to Cite this Page
"How The Adams-Onís Treaty Affected The Growth Of Our Nation." 123HelpMe.com. 15 Aug 2018
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- In the late 1800’s, Henry Adams wrote Democracy An American Novel, in which he portrayed Washington society through the eyes of a wealthy young widow, Mrs. Madeline Lee, who is looking for the basis of American governmental power. In her search for the basis of power, Mrs. Lee encounters many facets of Washington society, such as the types of people who control the government. The novel moves beyond a simple plot and story and includes portrayals of the basic Washington types of people, Washington society, and Adams’ assumptions about American democracy.... [tags: democray, Henry Adams]
941 words (2.7 pages)
- The Treaty of Paris had ended The Seven Years War (The French and Indian War). This treaty was signed on February 10th, 1763. During the war, Britain and France were fighting for power over North America. This war lasted from 1754 until 1763. The British and French were struggling for power over North America for almost one-hundred years. To take control of the Indian problem, King George III ordered the proclamation (the treaty) in 1763. The Treaty of Paris did not involve Prussia and Austria, they had signed a separate treaty, The Treaty of Hubertusburg, five days later.... [tags: proclamation, power, america, treaty]
529 words (1.5 pages)
- John Adams, by David McCullough The book, John Adams, by David McCullough, is a powerfully written biography of one of our nation’s greatest heroes. This biography explores Adams’ life in great depth, unveiling a side to his life unbeknownst to those who have never studied his life in great detail. Through diary entries, letters, and various other documents, the reader grasps a sense of what Adams’ day to day life was like, and is also able to grasp the enormity of his lifetime accomplishments.... [tags: Biography John Adams McCullough Essays]
1712 words (4.9 pages)
- Imagine this: a child starts a fight on the playground in elementary school. After a nasty scuffle he is caught and brought into the principal’s office for punishment. Present in the office is the mother of a child whose arm was broken in the fight. She wants the child punished severely as restitution for hurting her son. Next is one of the children who stepped in to defend the victim. He wants the child punished, but not as harshly as the mother. And, of course, the principal. He stepped in at the end of the fight and broke it up.... [tags: word war I, the treaty of versaliles]
1599 words (4.6 pages)
- ... The increase in civilization increased the awareness of the people on the overall intentions of their land being taken away. The Georgia government was strong due to the independence and pressure from the US government. The treaty was designed to force the Cherokee nation to move outside of their land. The tribe had emphasized the assimilation of the cultures. The Cherokee tribe had emphasized the assimilation of the people to the American culture. The assimilation increased the ability of the Cherokees to create their own constitution.... [tags: settlers, treaty]
730 words (2.1 pages)
How Was the Threat of War with France during John Adams’ Presidency Used by the Federalist party to Attack the Republicans?
- A. Plan of the Investigation This study investigates how was the threat of war with France during John Adams’ presidency used by the Federalist party to attack the Republicans. It will look at the “Quasi-War’s” effects on the political attitudes of the time as well as legislation passed by John Adams and Congress. Specifically, the XYZ affair will be discussed as an example of the tense relations between the countries and a catalyst for the Federalist support used to gain an upper hand over the Republicans, and the Alien and Sedition Acts will be examined as an example of Federalist legislation passed against the Republicans.... [tags: American History, France, John Adams]
1500 words (4.3 pages)
- World War One was a war of bloodshed and suffering that left Europe devastated after the war (History Learning Site, 2000). Woodrow Wilson, stated that The Great War was the war to end all wars (Sturgeon A., 2009). At the end of World War One, Woodrow Wilson came up with the Fourteen Points which was a peace plan to prevent all future wars (Sturgeon A., 2009). Unfortunately, not all of its recommendations were part of the final agreement known as the Treaty of Versailles (Bolotta A., Hawkes C., Jarman F., Keistad M., Watt J., 2000).... [tags: points, reparations, losses, treaty]
533 words (1.5 pages)
- Letters of Love Now letter-Writing is, to me, the most agreeable Amusement: and Writing to you the most entertaining and Agreeable of all Letter-Writing. John Adams And then Sir if you please you may take me. Abigail Smith Love is a deep feeling of profound passion and intimacy. The story between John and Abigail Adams is a warm and deeply moving love between two of America's most moving people. Their names are inseparably linked as those of any pair in history. The story of these amazing lovers, patriots, comes to life through their intimate correspondence.... [tags: Abigail John Adams]
1270 words (3.6 pages)
- "His work seemed to him thin, commonplace, feeble. At times he felt his own weakness so fatally that he could not go on; when he had nothing to say, he could not say it, and he found that he had very little to say at best" (Adams 39). Having been born into the upper class, Henry Adams graduated from high school and then for him, "the next regular step was Harvard" (Adams 32). Through Adam's essay, "The Education of Henry Adams", it is clear that the education he received at Harvard was plagued by his negative mindset that was triggered by his social status and the history of his surname.... [tags: Henry Adams]
835 words (2.4 pages)
- "Standing there, gaping at this monstrous and inhuman spectacle of rock and cloud and sky and space, I feel a ridiculous greed and possessiveness come over me. I want to know it all, possess it all, embrace the entire scene intimately, deeply, totally as a man desires a beautiful woman. An insane wish. Perhaps not-at least there’s nothing else, no one human, to dispute possession with me" (Abbey 6). People today seem to view our wondrous national parks as such a small part of our country. They do, in fact, only take up a small percentage of the total land in the United States, but they are so much more than just the amount of land they assume.... [tags: Ansel Adams Essays]
1176 words (3.4 pages)
The military expedition which interrupted the Adams-Onis conversations was another in a long series of actions to punish border raids by the Seminoles and by escaped slaves. This journey was commanded by Andrew Jackson. Crossing the border with 2,000 men in mid-March 1818, Jackson wiped out the Seminole settlements. He next occupied the Spanish fort St. Marks, and executed two British men, one for supplying ammo to the Seminoles, and the other for convincing the Indians into war. The Americans thought the journey was going to bring up serious international complications.
After negotiations resumed Adams and Onis made use of British Prime, Minister Hyde de Neuville, to work out a compromised boundary. They finally agreed upon a boundary. The line started at the Sabine River and continued along the Red River, zigzagged west along the Red and Arkansas Rivers, followed the Rockies, and then turned west again toward the Pacific. Adams and Onis signed the treaty of February 22, 1819. This made the United States a continental power.
The final article of the treaty provided for ratification within six months. The U.S. Senate gave it's advice and consent immediately, but then more difficulties came up. Apart from doubt about the authorization of lands made in Florida by Ferdinand VII during the final stages of negotiating the treaty, Ferdinand was forced to accept a constitution in 1820, which the national legislature of Spain had to approve any surrender of land to the U.S. There was a long delay but the Adams-Onís Treaty became effective on February 22, 1821.
The Adams-Onís Treaty affected the economic growth of the country during the Industrial revolution. This made the country larger and able to expand more. This made other countries realize the strength and power of the U.S. by making Spain surrender land to this country, but by peaceful negotiations, and making this nation a continental power. Also this treaty helped Americans gain more allies becuase of the peacefull negotiations. Soon after Florida was part of the U.S., it applied for statehood on March 3, 1845. That is how the Adams-Onís Treaty affected the growth of our country.