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Settlement of Florida—Boundaries of Carolina—Enslaving Indians—They flee from their Masters—Africans follow the example—Spanish policy in regard to Fugitive Slaves—Carolina demands the surrender of Exiles—Florida refuses—Colony of Georgia established—Its object—Exiles called Seminoles—Slavery Introduced Into Georgia—Seminole Indians separate from Creeks—Slaves escape from Georgia—Report of Committee of Safety—Report of General Lee—Treaty of Augusta—Treaty of Galphinton—Singular conduct of Georgia—War between Creeks and Georgia—Resolution of Congress—Treaty of Shoulderbone—Hostilities continue—Georgia calls on United States for assistance—Commissioners sent to negotiate Treaty—Failure—Col.
...Madison’s election—His character—Desire of people of Georgia to enslave Exiles—They demand annexation of Florida—Congress passes a law for taking possession of that Territory—General Mathews appointed Commissioner—Declares insurrection—Takes possession of Amelia Island—Spanish Government demands explanation—The President disavows acts of Mathews—Governor Mitchell succeeds Mathews—Georgia raises an Army—Florida Invaded—Troops surrounded by savage foes—Their danger—Their retreat—Stealing Slaves—Lower Creeks join Seminoles—Georgia demands their surrender—Chiefs refuse—Georgia complains—President refuses to Interfere—Another Invasion of Florida—Towns burned; Cattle stolen—Troops withdrawn from Amelia Island—Public attention directed toward our Northern frontier—Lord Cockrane enters Chesapeake Bay—Issues Proclamation to Slaves—Dismay of Slaveholders—Slaves go on board British ships—Several vessels enter Appalachicola Bay—Col.
About Joshua R. Giddings, the Author:
2 From December 1838 until March 1859 he was a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing first Ohio's 16th district until 1843 and then Ohio's 20th district until 1859.
...For that reason, he contended that slavery in the District of Columbia and in the Territories was unlawful and should be abolished; that the coastwise slave trade in vessels flying the national flag, like the international slave trade, should be rigidly suppressed; and that Congress had no power to pass any act that in any way could be construed as a recognition of slavery as a national institution.