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General Andrew Jackson (1767 — 1845) was the commander of the United States forces during the Battle of New Orleans, which is featured as a Historical Battle in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition.

Biography[]

Jackson was born in the Carolinas in 1767 and lived a youth dominated by the American Revolution. Despite his many military accomplishments, and being elected President, Jackson made some morally reprehensible decisions. Not only was he a slave owner who despicably owned over a hundred slaves at the time of his death, but he also infamously authorized the mass relocation of Native Americans from their ancestral lands under the Indian Removal Act. Today, those tragic forced removals–during which thousands of Native Peoples died–are known as The Trail of Tears.

Jackson had a grim childhood. He was captured by the British at the age of thirteen and was nearly starved to death while in captivity. During this time, a Redcoat scarred him with sword slashes for refusing to clean his boots. These cruelties instilled in Jackson a lifelong hatred of the British.

After his release, Jackson moved to Tennessee and briefly served in the American government before taking command of the local militia. During the War of 1812, Jackson commanded a force of volunteers that defeated the Creek natives and successfully repulsed a British invasion of New Orleans in 1814. A year later, he seized Florida from the Spanish. In 1818, during the First Seminole War, Jackson ordered two prisoners of war to be executed, and his conduct was investigated by Congress.

Jackson's military career was matched by an equally contentious political career: he founded the Democratic Party and was elected President of the United States from 1829-1837 and was the first American president to survive an assassination attempt. During his presidency, Jackson famously stabilized the American economy and bolstered the political integrity of the nation.

In-game unit[]

An American general and later president.
—In-game description

In-game dialogue[]

General Jackson reuses George Washington's in-game dialogues (voiced by Daniel Riordan).

Trivia[]

  • Prior to update 10807, General Jackson was named "American General", likely due to the political controversy of his legacy as the President of the United States, although he is still referred to by name in the game files (his portrait is labeled as andrew_jackson_portrait and he is named SPC Jackson in the Scenario Editor). The name change, however, was not listed in the patch notes.
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