Spain and the Independence of the United States: An Intrinsic Gift

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UNM Press, 11 abr. 2002 - 330 páginas

The role of Spain in the birth of the United States is a little known and little understood aspect of U.S. independence. Through actual fighting, provision of supplies, and money, Spain helped the young British colonies succeed in becoming an independent nation. Soldiers were recruited from all over the Spanish empire, from Spain itself and from throughout Spanish America. Many died fighting British soldiers and their allies in Central America, the Caribbean, along the Mississippi River from New Orleans to St. Louis and as far north as Michigan, along the Gulf Coast to Mobile and Pensacola, as well as in Europe.

Based on primary research in the archives of Spain, this book is about United States history at its very inception, placing the war in its broadest international context. In short, the information in this book should provide a clearer understanding of the independence of the United States, correct a longstanding omission in its history, and enrich its patrimony. It will appeal to anyone interested in the history of the Revolutionary War and in Spain's role in the development of the Americas.

 

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Chávez tells the history of the American Revolution from the Spanish perspective. It does not give a complete history of the war, but the parts in which Spain played a direct role. Chávez's work is ... Leer reseña completa

Índice

INTRODUCTION
1
ONE From Defeat and Victory to 1777
18
The Spanish Lakes and South America from 1776
33
THREE Independence and the Common Foe
45
FOUR Floridablanca and the Policy of Patience
70
FIVE Duplicity in Favor of the Americans 1777
89
PLATES
101
SIX Antebellum Anxiety 17771779
101
An Integral Defense 17791783
150
ELEVEN The Mississippi River and the Gulf CoastCasting the Dice
166
TWELVE A Costly Blow to British Prestige 17801781
184
THIRTEEN Yorktown the Bahamas and Peace 17811783
198
CONCLUSIONS AND EPILOGUE
213
APPENDICES
223
NOTES
226
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
270

A Benevolent Neutrality and Preparation 17781779
113
EIGHT Negotiations and the Spanish Declaration of War
126
NINE European Allies 17791783
137

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Sobre el autor (2002)

Thomas E. Chávez is the former director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, and the former curator and director of the Palace of the Governors, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe.

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