Georgians saw the War of 1812, between the United States and Britain, as an opportunity to open up more land. On the eve of the war a former governor, George Mathews, led a private army on an abortive invasion of Florida. Despite the fact that the war was with Britain, not Spain, Georgia’s Governor David Mitchell used the excuse of war to lead the Georgia militia on another unauthorized attack on Saint Augustine, Florida, in 1812. The invasion failed, however, and the troops withdrew to Georgia soil.
Meanwhile, the Upper Creek, living mainly in Alabama, joined the British against the United States. Georgia volunteers under General John Floyd rushed into the Creek country of southwest Georgia. At the same time, General Andrew Jackson led an army into Alabama and defeated the Upper Creek at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1814. Jackson was supported by 500 Cherokee, who swam the Tallapoosa River to attack the Creek forces from the rear. After the victory Jackson forced the Upper Creek to sign a treaty giving up a large portion of Alabama and Georgia. "Georgia" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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