On the Wings of Patriotism: Jackson and The Burr Conspiracy
These days, Aaron Burr is mostly remembered for shooting Alexander Hamilton in a duel in 1804. However, in his day, he was embroiled in a political thriller that rivals any in United States history. Today, we discuss Jackson and The Burr Conspiracy.
It was during the preparations for his coup that Burr crossed paths with Andrew Jackson. Burr’s plan was to bring influential men into the fold, and Jackson fit the bill. He asked Jackson to be on alert for a coming war with Spain. For his part, Jackson claimed to not have known the full extent of Burr’s plans were. As Burr’s influence began to spread, Jackson was drawn into one of the most fascinating failed power grabs in US history.