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Atlantic Loyalties: Americans in Spanish West Florida, 1785-1810

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Integrating social, cultural, economic, and political history, this is a study of the factors that grounded--or swayed--the loyalties of non-Spaniards living under Spanish rule on the southern frontier. In particular, Andrew McMichael looks at the colonial Spanish administrations attitude toward resident Americans. The Spanish borderlands systems of slavery and land ownership, McMichael shows, used an efficient system of land distribution and government patronage that engendered loyalty and withstood a series of conflicts that tested, but did not shatter, residents allegiance. McMichael focuses on the Baton Rouge district of Spanish West Florida from 1785 through 1810, analyzing why resident Anglo-Americans, who had maintained a high degree of loyalty to the Spanish Crown through 1809, rebelled in 1810.

The book contextualizes the 1810 rebellion, and by extension the southern frontier, within the broader Atlantic World, showing how both local factors as well as events in Europe affected lives in the Spanish borderlands. Breaking with traditional scholarship, McMichael examines contests over land and slaves as a determinant of loyalty. He draws on Spanish, French, and Anglo records to challenge scholarship that asserts a particularly “American” loyalty on the frontier whereby Anglo-American residents in West Florida, as disaffected subjects of the Spanish Crown, patiently abided until they could overthrow an alien system. Rather, it was political, social, and cultural conflicts--not nationalist ideology--that disrupted networks by which economic prosperity was gained and thus loyalty retained.

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McMichael (history, Western Kentucky U.) examines economic, political, cultural, and social history to determine why Anglo-Americans in West Florida remained loyal to the Spanish crown from the late 1700s to the early 1800s, but later rebelled. His findings counter the commonly-accepted story of the triumph of English liberty over tyranny, noting that the residents of the area, in the sudden absence of the Spanish, found it necessary to align themselves with the United States. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Integrating social, cultural, economic, and political history, this is a study of the factors that groundedor swayedthe loyalties of non-Spaniards living under Spanish rule on the southern frontier. In particular, Andrew McMichael looks at the colonial Spanish administrations attitude toward resident Americans. The Spanish borderlands systems of slavery and land ownership, McMichael shows, used an efficient system of land distribution and government patronage that engendered loyalty and withstood a series of conflicts that tested, but did not shatter, residents allegiance. McMichael focuses on the Baton Rouge district of Spanish West Florida from 1785 through 1810, analyzing why resident Anglo-Americans, who had maintained a high degree of loyalty to the Spanish Crown through 1809, rebelled in 1810.

About the Author

Andrew McMichael is an associate professor of history at Western Kentucky University. McMichael is also the author of History on the Web and an assistant editor of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Vol. 30.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780820330235
Author:
Mcmichael, Andrew
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Author:
McMichael, Andrew
Author:
McMichael, F. Andrew
Subject:
History
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
United States - 18th Century
Subject:
United States - Antebellum Era
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Subject:
Spain Colonies Administration History.
Subject:
Florida History Spanish colony, 1784-1821.
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.57 in 0.72 lb

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History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Spain

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"Synopsis" by , Integrating social, cultural, economic, and political history, this is a study of the factors that groundedor swayedthe loyalties of non-Spaniards living under Spanish rule on the southern frontier. In particular, Andrew McMichael looks at the colonial Spanish administrations attitude toward resident Americans. The Spanish borderlands systems of slavery and land ownership, McMichael shows, used an efficient system of land distribution and government patronage that engendered loyalty and withstood a series of conflicts that tested, but did not shatter, residents allegiance. McMichael focuses on the Baton Rouge district of Spanish West Florida from 1785 through 1810, analyzing why resident Anglo-Americans, who had maintained a high degree of loyalty to the Spanish Crown through 1809, rebelled in 1810.
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