The Other War of 1812: The Patriot War and the American Invasion of Spanish East Florida

The Other War of 1812: The Patriot War and the American Invasion of Spanish East Florida

by James Cusick
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University of Georgia Press

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The Other War of 1812: The Patriot War and the American Invasion of Spanish East Florida

Resurrecting a forgotten chapter in transatlantic history, James G. Cusick tells how, just before the United States went to war against Great Britain in 1812, an ill-advised invasion of a Spanish colony became a stage on which the young republic clumsily acted out its imperial ambitions and racial fears. With the halfhearted backing of President James Madison and Secretary of State James Monroe, a party of Georgians invaded East Florida, confident that partisans there would help them swiftly wrest the colony away from Spain. The raid was a strategic and political disaster. Few sympathizers materialized, official U.S. support dissolved, and an extended guerrilla war ensued.

This was the "other war of 1812," or the Patriot War. Cusick, a lively storyteller as well as a meticulous scholar, conveys the savagery of the borderlands conflict that pitted American adventurers and anti-Spanish partisans against Spanish loyalists and their allies, who included Seminole Indians and escaped slaves. At the same time, Cusick looks at the American motivations behind the invasion, including apprehensions about Florida's growing population of unregulated blacks and geopolitical intrigues involving Spain, Britain, and France.

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ISBN-13: 9780820329215
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 04/15/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 365,974
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures  vii
Preface to the Paperback Edition  ix
Acknowledgments  xiii
Time Line for the Patriot War  xv
Americans vs. Spaniards: A Different View of the War of 1812  1
   1. Mr. Madison's Worries  13
   2. A Plot Thickens  29
   3. Georgia and Spanish East Florida, a Clash of Cultures  38
   4. Intrigues and Discoveries  56
   5. The Diplomacy of Deception  67
   6. General Mathews Meets a Crisis  78
   7. The Fall of Fernandina  103
   8. Reactions  126
   9. At the Gates of St. Augustine  144
   10. Governor of Florida vs. Governor of Georgia  169
   11. Life in the Occupied Land  193
   12. War Even to the Knife  209
   13. The Price of Victory  236
   14. The Americans Withdraw  258
   15. The Last of the Patriots  279
   16. The Patriot War and American History  293
Notes  311
Bibliography 349
Index  363

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