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Andrew Jackson: A New Hero:
In the battle of New Orleans, Andrew Jackson led a diverse group of American soldiers to victory against a stronger British force.
In the last major battle of the war, Britain brought some 10,000 of its best troops to seize New Orleans. To stop them, General Andrew Jackson had a force of 4,000, composed of soldiers, militia, Choctaw Indians, former slaves, and even pirates. By carefully choosing his ground, Jackson forced the British to make futile attacks on well-fortified positions, and defeated them in a lopsided victory.
Added to his fame as an Indian fighter, this brilliant action propelled him to national prominence and ultimately to election as president in 1828.
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