Borderlines in Borderlands: James Madison and the by J. C. A. Stagg

By J. C. A. Stagg

In analyzing how the U.S. won keep an eye on over the northern borderlands of Spanish the United States, this paintings reassesses the international relations of President James Madison. Historians have assumed Madison’s purpose in sending brokers into the Spanish borderlands among 1810 and 1813 used to be to subvert Spanish rule, yet J. C. A. Stagg argues that his actual reason was once to discover peaceable and felony resolutions to long-standing disputes over the bounds of Louisiana at a time while the Spanish-American empire was once within the means of dissolution. Drawing on an array of yankee, British, French, and Spanish assets, the writer describes how a myriad solid of neighborhood leaders, officers, and different small avid gamers affected the borderlands international relations among the United States and Spain, and he casts new gentle on Madison’s contribution to early American expansionism. (20100301)

Show description

Read or Download Borderlines in Borderlands: James Madison and the Spanish-American Frontier, 1776-1821 (The Lamar Series in Western History) PDF

Similar state & local books

The Mathers: three generations of Puritan intellectuals, 1596-1728

During this vintage paintings of yank non secular heritage, Robert Middlekauff lines the evolution of Puritan idea and theology in the US from its origins in New England in the course of the early eighteenth century. He makes a speciality of 3 generations of highbrow ministers--Richard, bring up, and Cotton Mather--in order to problem the conventional telling of the secularization of Puritanism, a narrative of religion reworked by way of cause, technology, and enterprise.

Seeing the Raven: A Narrative of Renewal

In Seeing the Raven, Peter M. Leschak blends humor, philosophy, and a prepared experience of nature's attractiveness and demanding situations. Drawing on his many pursuits -- fly fishing and wild-land fireplace combating, yard astronomy and ecology, chain saws and ice skates, turtles and timberwolves -- he confronts questions that go beyond the details of his event.

A Goodfella's Guide to New York. Your Personal Tour Through the Mob's Notorious Haunts, Hair-Raising Crime...

The Goodfella's consultant to big apple is a very facinating advisor to New York's infamous mob haunts. it's in contrast to the other advisor publication, and it additionally offers a great actual lifestyles New Yorkers view of eating places, bars and vacationer sights to go to.

Which Way to the Wild West?

History--with the nice bits placed again. realize the drama, discoveries, soiled deeds and derring-do that received the yankee West. With a storyteller's voice and a spotlight to the main points that make heritage actual and engaging, Steve Sheinken gives you America's maximum experience. From the Louisiana buy (remember: in case you are negotiating a treaty in your state, play it cool.

Additional resources for Borderlines in Borderlands: James Madison and the Spanish-American Frontier, 1776-1821 (The Lamar Series in Western History)

Example text

As Jay arrived in Madrid, James Madison, in March 1780, took up a seat in Congress as a delegate from Virginia. 14 How much he knew about Spain and its American empire, though, is difficult to tell. ”15 Later in his life Madison doubtless experienced many occasions on which he must have savored the pungency of such witticisms, but in 1780 it is unlikely he gave them very much thought. 16 More certainly, he would have been familiar with the treatment of these subjects by the celebrated Edinburgh historian William Robertson, whose approach to them, informed by a combination of providential Calvinism and the progressive social theories of the Scottish Enlightenment, Madison had absorbed at the College of New Jersey at Princeton after 1769.

He was aware Congress had its own claims in the region, but of more importance by 1780 was the view that the Spanish occupation of Pensacola and St. Augustine would do little immediately to advance the independence of the American states. “It would be much more for the credit” of Spain, Madison noted, “as well as for the common good, if instead of wasting their time & resources in these separate and unimportant enterprises, they would join heartily with the French in attacking the enemy where success could produce the desired effect,” namely by defeating the Royal Navy squadron in the Caribbean under the command of Admiral George B.

On that score, he invoked the law of nations, as Vattel had summarized it, to the effect that when two nations at peace held different portions of a river, each was entitled to a right of “innocent passage” on the whole, subject to only “a moderate toll” collected for trade regulation by the power at the river mouth. The claim to free ports in West Florida, furthermore, derived from the right and the necessity to make the navigation of the Mississippi meaningful in a commercial sense. Otherwise, he pointed out, commerce on the river, by its very nature, could only be a mere trade to New Orleans and not beyond.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.88 of 5 – based on 43 votes

Related posts