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Anglo-Spanish rivalry in colonial south-east America, 1650-1725 /
by Timothy Paul Grady.
London : Pickering & Chatto, c2010.
181 p. ; 24 cm.
1848930402 (Cloth), 9781848930407 (Cloth)
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London : Pickering & Chatto, c2010.
1848930402 (Cloth)
9781848930407 (Cloth)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 167-173) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-05-01:
Grady seeks to place Spain and England at the center of the contest for supremacy in the American Southeast from the founding of the Carolina colony through the Yamasee War. The author recognizes the explosion in scholarship on borderlands and, in particular, the publication of a number of outstanding studies on various elements of the region's history during this period. The story is a familiar one. Carolina eclipsed Florida, and the English increasingly focused on the French in Louisiana rather than the Spanish in Florida. As the author asserts, however, this contest between England and Spain frequently took a backseat to the various Indian nations and was overshadowed by the later Anglo-French rivalry. While the Spanish presence does deserve to be recaptured, it does not merit a central role. Moreover, too often Grady uses Carolina and Florida as surrogates for their European masters, even though it is not clear that the goals of either colony were shared by the mother country. The result, then, is a study that adds context to the historiography of the period and place without supplanting the existing expanding scholarship. Summing Up: Recommended. Faculty/specialists. J. Mercantini Kean University
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'adds context to the historiography of the period and place ... Recommended.'
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Choice, May 2011
Reference & Research Book News, August 2011
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American Studies, Empire Studies and Colonialism
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Often played down in favour of the larger competition for empire between England and France, the influence of the Spanish in English Carolina and the English in Spanish Florida created a rivalry that shaped the early history of colonial southeast America. This study is the first to tell the full story of this rivalry, working it in to the historiography of both colonies. Looking at the region in detail, Grady examines the relations between the English and Spanish colonists and the Native American population. Numerous indigenous tribes represented the real power in these regions, with colonial rivalries often being played out through the manipulation of these fragile friendships. Such a detailed, regional approach allows a rich, vibrant narrative to tell a story of political, economic, cultural and social interaction through varying perspectives, placing the disparate groups into the context of a much larger historical tapestry.

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