The Other War of 1812: The Patriot War and the American Invasion of Spanish East Florida

Front Cover
University of Georgia Press, Apr 1, 2007 - History - 370 pages
3 Reviews
Resurrecting a forgotten chapter in transatlantic history, James G. Cusick tells how, just before the United States went to war against Great Britain in 1812, an ill-advised invasion of a Spanish colony became a stage on which the young republic clumsily acted out its imperial ambitions and racial fears. With the halfhearted backing of President James Madison and Secretary of State James Monroe, a party of Georgians invaded East Florida, confident that partisans there would help them swiftly wrest the colony away from Spain. The raid was a strategic and political disaster. Few sympathizers materialized, official U.S. support dissolved, and an extended guerrilla war ensued.

This was the "other war of 1812," or the Patriot War. Cusick, a lively storyteller as well as a meticulous scholar, conveys the savagery of the borderlands conflict that pitted American adventurers and anti-Spanish partisans against Spanish loyalists and their allies, who included Seminole Indians and escaped slaves. At the same time, Cusick looks at the American motivations behind the invasion, including apprehensions about Florida's growing population of unregulated blacks and geopolitical intrigues involving Spain, Britain, and France.

  

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: The Other War of 1812: The Patriot War and the American Invasion of Spanish East Florida

User Review  - Jim - Goodreads

If you ever read only one book about the Patriot invasion of Florida... ...A lively, well-researched book on an under-studied part of the War of 1812. Cusick maintain a brisk pace and a good narrative ... Read full review

Review: The Other War of 1812: The Patriot War and the American Invasion of Spanish East Florida

User Review  - La-Shanda - Goodreads

Dr. James G. Cusick gives an historical account of the Spanish presence in East Florida during the War of 1812 ie "The Patriot War." As a US History teacher, I found the information relevant and important to include during my teachings of 19th century American history. Read full review

Contents

A Different View of the War of 1812
1
Mr Madisons Worries
13
A Plot Thickens
29
Georgia and Spanish East Florida a Clash of Cultures
38
Intrigues and Discoveries
56
The Diplomacy of Deception
67
General Mathews Meets a Crisis
78
The Fall of Fernandina
103
Life in the Occupied Land
193
War Even to the Knife
209
The Price of Victory
236
The Americans Withdraw
258
The Last of the Patriots
279
The Patriot War and American History
293
Notes
311
Bibliography
349

Reactions
126
At the Gates of St Augustine
144
Governor of Florida vs Governor of Georgia
169

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

James G. Cusick is curator of the P. K. Yonge Library of Florida History at the University of Florida. He is a research associate of the St. Augustine Historical Society and the Historic St. Augustine Research Institute and serves on the board of directors for the Seminole Wars Historic Foundation, the Gulf South History and Humanities Conference, and the Florida Historical Society.

Bibliographic information