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The book "Pensacola: Florida's First Place City" has the lines (p40) "establishing his base at the Prospect Bluff fort, which he renames Fort Gadsden for his engineer and aide, Catp. James Gadsden" The "he" is Andrew Jackson--during First Seminole War and (p48)He leaves behind a well-organized government and friends Brackenridge, Call and James Gadsden." Here "behind" is Pensacola (when Jackson accepted Forida from the Spanish). I am not a historian. However it would seem natural to expand a bit on the brief comments about Gadsden's military career. There is currently a Gadsden, Alabama, and, in Pensacola, a Gadsden Street. My guess would be that the above were influential in choosing these names--of course the later Gadsden Purchase was a factor as well.
This comment: Gadsden had supported nullification in 1831. In 1850 he advocated secession by South Carolina when California was admitted to the Union as a free state. Gadsden considered slavery “a social blessing” and abolitionists “the greatest curse of the nation.” is in an article about the Gadsden Purchase under a section about California. I think this tells something about Gadsden's character and should be included int he article about James Gadsden. I will leave that to the computer literate people.Mylittlezach (talk) 18:17, 15 December 2010 (UTC)
I took a crack at it, but it could porbably be better integrated into the article. This info definitely needs to be presented. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 21:02, 30 December 2010 (UTC)