Spain and the Independence of the United States: An Intrinsic Gift

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UNM Press, 2003 - History - 286 pages
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The role of Spain in the birth of the United States is a little known and little understood aspect of U.S. independence. Through actual fighting, provision of supplies, and money, Spain helped the young British colonies succeed in becoming an independent nation. Soldiers were recruited from all over the Spanish empire, from Spain itself and from throughout Spanish America. Many died fighting British soldiers and their allies in Central America, the Caribbean, along the Mississippi River from New Orleans to St. Louis and as far north as Michigan, along the Gulf Coast to Mobile and Pensacola, as well as in Europe.

Based on primary research in the archives of Spain, this book is about United States history at its very inception, placing the war in its broadest international context. In short, the information in this book should provide a clearer understanding of the independence of the United States, correct a longstanding omission in its history, and enrich its patrimony. It will appeal to anyone interested in the history of the Revolutionary War and in Spain's role in the development of the Americas.

  

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Review: Spain and the Independence of the United States: An Intrinsic Gift

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A well researched book that delves into the role Spain played in helping the United States gain its independence. Many pictures of primary documents from the Spanish archives are included and the footnotes are extensive. Read full review

Review: Spain and the Independence of the United States: An Intrinsic Gift

User Review  - Goodreads

A well researched book that delves into the role Spain played in helping the United States gain its independence. Many pictures of primary documents from the Spanish archives are included and the footnotes are extensive. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Thomas E. Ch vez is the former director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, and the former curator and director of the Palace of the Governors, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe.

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