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Location: Florida, USA         Length: 3 min

At the end of the American Revolutionary War, England returned all of Florida to Spain, but it remained a disputed and lawless area. During the War of 1812, British forces built a fort on the Apalachicola River in the Florida panhandle to enlist local Native Americans against the United States. In 1816, Andrew Jackson ordered the destruction of historic Fort Gadsden, on the Apalachicola River in the Florida Panhandle. Hundreds died in a cataclysmic explosion. This now is a historic site operated by the US Forest Service and open to the public.

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Fort Gadsden (Wikipedia)

Fort Gadsden National Historic Site (Apalachicola National Forest)

Fort Gadsden and the “Negro Fort” on the Apalachicola (ExploreSouthernHistory.com)

Historic Sites (Apalachicola National Forest)

History of Florida (Wikipedia)