A New Guardian: The Values of the American Revolution in Late Eighteenth-Century Spanish Louisiana Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
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  • Becerra, Eric
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
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  • In the late eighteenth century, Spanish Louisiana was in flux. After the American Revolution, Spain viewed the United States with suspicion. In order to develop Louisiana, and thereby to protect their profitable Mexican colonies from American infringement, the Spanish worked to entice American settlers to switch their loyalty to Spain. To this aim, the Spanish offered the settlers land, security, access to the Mississippi, and notably, even religious toleration. My thesis explores how Spanish attempts to settle Louisiana, under the direction of Louisiana Governor Esteban Miró and the Spanish Minister Don Diego de Gardoqui, tapped into the values of the American Revolution, particularly liberty, order to entice Americans to become Spanish subjects. These attempts attracted Americans all along the Mississippi River, both to existing Spanish settlements such as Natchez and a new settlement created with the specific purpose of appealing to Americans called New Madrid.
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  • Watson, Harry L.
  • Lee, Wayne
  • DuVal, Kathleen
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2018
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