Date of Graduation

Spring 2021

Degree

Master of Arts in History

Department

History

Committee Chair

Jeremy Neely

Keywords

Andrew Jackson, military, road, construction, nature, environment, government, nineteenth century, frontier, settlement

Subject Categories

United States History

Abstract

Shortly after the War of 1812, the U.S government attempted to construct a new military road system connecting Nashville, Tennessee to strategic ports at New Orleans and Mobile. The road was intended to grant faster military responses to British, Spanish, and Indian threats within America’s southern frontier and to aid in the region’s settlement. The American government directed iconic General Andrew Jackson to spearhead the road’s construction, believing the construction would be rapid and the expenses minimal. However, the impenetrable thickets and inundating swamps of the Mississippi Territory proved untamable, while shifting geo-political dynamics mitigated the road’s necessity. Never used for massive troop deployment and with a negligible impact on the settlement of Mississippi, the Jackson Military Road proved to be a costly, futile endeavor.

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© Dustin Mitchell Wren

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