Andrew Jackson in the State He Added to the Union

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IMG_0012From Lynne Takacs, in Tallahassee, Florida:
“One of the most striking images of Andrew Jackson can be found in the mural ‘A New Capital’ located inside the chamber of the Florida House of Representatives. Painted by Christopher M. Still, the mural depicts General Andrew Jackson holding a 23-star American Flag flown in 1821 – the year Florida became a territory of the United States. The painting contains 24 symbols of history including a dual placard nailed to a tree behind the Governor. Interestingly, a different “Innskeep” plays a role in this visual story of Jacksonland. At the forefront of the mural you can see a silver coffee pot representing the gift given to John Innskeep in 1824 by “by the North American Insurance Company in recognition of his accomplishment in settling complex land claims created by the Adams-Onís Treaty. The present day House of Representatives chambers can be seen reflected in the pot.” This description of the mural and others can be found here.

Florida once belonged to Spain, until General Andrew Jackson invaded it in 1818, chasing hostile Indians who took shelter under Spanish rule. Jackson captured the Spanish capital – and though he later withdrew, Spain soon sold the future state through a treaty with the U.S. Jackson was the first territorial governor.

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