Andrew Jackson: Proclamation Regarding the Opening of U.S. Ports to British Vessels

(1830)

During his eight years as president, Andrew Jackson took forceful positions on numerous issues. One of the issues that defined his administration was his opening of U.S. ports to British merchants. Jackson’s efforts to engage in trade negotiations with Great Britain and to open American ports to British merchant vessels reflected his preference for a strong federal government in that it represented a federal as opposed to a state effort. In effect, the Proclamation Regarding the Opening of U.S. Ports to British Vessels asserted the power of the federal government to arrange the nation’s business affairs.

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Andrew Jackson (Library of Congress)

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