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War on the Gulf Coast : the Spanish fight against William Augustus Bowles /
Gilbert C. Din.
imprint
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2012.
description
xiii, 319 p.
ISBN
0813037522 (hbk. : alk. paper), 9780813037523 (hbk. : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2012.
isbn
0813037522 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9780813037523 (hbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Apalache -- William Augustus Bowles challenges the Spaniards -- Bowles's first clash with the Spaniards, 1791-1792 -- Bowles and Apalache on separate paths, 1792-1798 -- Portell versus Bowles -- Bowles : from fugitive to besieger -- Recovery of Fort San Marcos -- Pacifying Apalache -- The continuing search for Bowles -- Signs of approaching peace -- Peace at Apalache -- Apprehension of the "director general" -- War's aftermath.
catalogue key
8236716
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 293-306) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Gilbert C. Din is professor emeritus of history at Fort Lewis College (Colorado). He is the author of Spaniards, Planters, and Slaves: The Spanish Regulation of Slavery in Louisiana, 1763-1803, which won the General L. Kemper and Leila Williams Award for the best book on Louisiana history.
Summaries
Description for Bookstore
"Using a plethora of previously unexamined documents from a number of archives, this work provides the first clear understanding of William Augustus Bowles and his exploits along the Spanish Gulf Coast and among the Creek Indians, demonstrating unequivocally that the glory-seeking adventurer was not the tragic heroic figure that he and previous historians have claimed."-F. Todd Smith, University of North Texas War on the Gulf Coastis one of the first books about the Spanish period in West Florida (17971805) written from the Spanish point of view. Using Spanish archival sources, Gilbert Din is able to shed new light on the machinations of William Augustus Bowles, an adventurer who sought to introduce goods, subvert the Creek Indians, and deprive the Spaniards of territory. By revealing the inner workings of the Spanish military establishment, Din makes a convincing case that West Florida-which then stretched all the way to the Mississippi River-was a vital zone of international intrigue, not an unimportant backwater. He also offers a much-needed corrective to previous depictions of Bowles, questioning his actual influence among the Creek Nation. Din highlights the naval efforts to curtail smuggling and capture Bowles and counters prevailing wisdom about why the Spanish were forced to surrender at Fort San Marcos. Gilbert C. Dinis professor emeritus of history at Fort Lewis College (Colorado). He is the author of Spaniards, Planters, and Slaves: The Spanish Regulation of Slavery in Louisiana, 17631803,which won the General L. Kemper and Leila Williams Award for the best book on Louisiana history.
Description for Bookstore
“Using a plethora of previously unexamined documents from a number of archives, this work provides the first clear understanding of William Augustus Bowles and his exploits along the Spanish Gulf Coast and among the Creek Indians, demonstrating unequivocally that the glory-seeking adventurer was not the tragic heroic figure that he and previous historians have claimed.”-F. Todd Smith, University of North Texas War on the Gulf Coastis one of the first books about the Spanish period in West Florida (1797–1805) written from the Spanish point of view. Using Spanish archival sources, Gilbert Din is able to shed new light on the machinations of William Augustus Bowles, an adventurer who sought to introduce goods, subvert the Creek Indians, and deprive the Spaniards of territory. By revealing the inner workings of the Spanish military establishment, Din makes a convincing case that West Florida-which then stretched all the way to the Mississippi River-was a vital zone of international intrigue, not an unimportant backwater. He also offers a much-needed corrective to previous depictions of Bowles, questioning his actual influence among the Creek Nation. Din highlights the naval efforts to curtail smuggling and capture Bowles and counters prevailing wisdom about why the Spanish were forced to surrender at Fort San Marcos. Gilbert C. Dinis professor emeritus of history at Fort Lewis College (Colorado). He is the author of Spaniards, Planters, and Slaves: The Spanish Regulation of Slavery in Louisiana, 1763–1803,which won the General L. Kemper and Leila Williams Award for the best book on Louisiana history.
Main Description
There are few books written about the Spanish period in West Florida (1797-1805) from the Spanish point of view. War on the Gulf Coast is one of the first books to fill that gap. Using Spanish archival sources, Gilbert Din is able to shed new light on the period through the machinations of William Augustus Bowles, a British loyalist who sought to introduce goods, subvert the Creek Indians, and deprive the Spaniards of territory.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. vii
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Apalachep. 1
William Augustus Bowles Challenges the Spaniardsp. 22
Bowles's First Clash with the Spaniards, 1791-1792p. 39
Bowles and Apalache on Separate Paths, 1792-1798p. 55
Portell versus Bowlesp. 77
Bowles: From Fugitive to Besiegerp. 103
Recovery of Fort San Marcosp. 126
Pacifying Apalachep. 143
The Continuing Search for Bowlesp. 158
Signs of Approaching Peacep. 174
Peace at Apalachep. 190
Apprehension of the "Director General"p. 204
Wars Aftermathp. 214
Notesp. 231
Bibliographyp. 293
Indexp. 307
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