Spain, Britain and the American Revolution in Florida, 1763-1783

Spain, Britain and the American Revolution in Florida, 1763-1783

by James W. Raab
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786432136

ISBN-13: 9780786432134

Pub. Date: 11/05/2007

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

As a result of the 1763 Treaty of Paris, Spain relinquished Florida, a land it had possessed for over 200 years, to the British. With revolution imminent, Britain set about populating its two new colonies of East and West Florida with loyal British Tories, ultimately turning St. Augustine into a southern American headquarters for British interests. This volume

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Overview

As a result of the 1763 Treaty of Paris, Spain relinquished Florida, a land it had possessed for over 200 years, to the British. With revolution imminent, Britain set about populating its two new colonies of East and West Florida with loyal British Tories, ultimately turning St. Augustine into a southern American headquarters for British interests. This volume details the British occupation of colonial Florida immediately before and during the American Revolution with emphasis on the effect this possession had on the course of the war. Beginning with a brief summary of Spanish history, it takes a look at the relative colonial positions of Spain and Britain with regard to the Americas during the pre-revolutionary period. The Georgia-Florida border dispute, the invasion of East Florida and the eventual return of the Spaniards are also discussed. Finally, an appendix details St. Augustine buildings from the revolutionary period which are still standing today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786432134
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
11/05/2007
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     1
Spanish and British Prerevolutionary Period
Prologue: The "Garden of Eden"     3
Spanish Florida to 1763, the Treaty of Paris 1763, and the Changing of the Guard     7
The Floridas: East Florida Colony and West Florida Colony     21
Interim Governors and the King's Road     50
The Georgia-Florida Border Dispute, and the Beginning of the American Revolution     66
The Southern District Brigade and Headquarters, St. Augustine     82
Florida in the American Revolution, 1776-1783
Prologue: Accept or Oppose the Idea of Independence?     93
The Fighting Begins in the South with the Invasion of East Florida     97
Battles for Georgia and South Carolina     113
Spain Seizes West Florida     129
Boom Towns     147
The Defining Peace Negotiation     162
The Spaniards Return     173
Appendix     183
Notes     185
Bibliography     191
Index     193

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