Chapter

“Some Dark Mysterious Business”

Robert V. Haynes

in The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier 1795–1817

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125770
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135434 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125770.003.0009
“Some Dark Mysterious Business”

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This chapter discusses the final and third visit of Aaron Burr to Natchez District. He was considered to be the most illustrious visitor to the territory. He had also been linked to an assortment of schemes ranging from establishing a settlement in Louisiana to heading a conspiracy to dismantle the Union and seize Spanish Mexico. However, in the midst of the war against the Spanish, many considered Burr's activities in the district to be rather mystifying. After several accusations, one of which was planning to seize the Union, Burr appeared in court and insisted that he only intended to seize Spanish West Florida and then Mexico.

Keywords: Aaron Burr; Natchez District; schemes; settlement; Louisiana; conspiracy; Union; Spanish West Florida; Mexico; accusations

Chapter.  10853 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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