With varying measures of success, Martin Van Buren attempted to follow a moderate approach on matters of regional concern, but won little public support for these actions. Notable events included the following:
He continued Jackson’s Seminole War in the Everglades, but offended Northerners who feared that Florida was being prepared for statehood as a slave state
- He actively opposed the annexation of Texas, realizing that sectional passions would be ignited; this angered proslavery forces in the South
He completed Jackson’s removal policy of the Native Americans in the Southeast; in 1838-39 the Cherokees were forced to move westward along the “Trail of Tears."
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