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By Timothy Paul Grady

Frequently performed down in favour of the bigger pageant for empire among England and France, the impression of the Spanish in English Carolina and the English in Spanish Florida created a contention that formed the early heritage of colonial south-east the US. This examine is the 1st to inform the total tale of this competition, operating it in to the historiography of either colonies. taking a look at the quarter intimately, Grady examines the family among the English and Spanish colonists and the local American inhabitants. a variety of indigenous tribes represented the genuine energy in those areas, with colonial rivalries frequently being performed out in the course of the manipulation of those fragile friendships. this type of targeted, local strategy permits a wealthy, bright narrative to inform a narrative of political, monetary, cultural and social interplay via various views, putting the disparate teams into the context of a far higher historic tapestry.

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In addition to the loot gained in the attack, Searles also rescued the intrepid Dr Henry Woodward from his yearlong captivity in St Augustine. Woodward would go on to play a pivotal role in the early years of the Charleston settlement. 49 The attack on St Augustine exposed the extreme vulnerability of Florida and led the Spanish to take a two-pronged approach to secure the position of their outpost in North America. First, the English and Spanish officials in London and Madrid undertook a series of diplomatic negotiations that would resolve the disputes over territory and trade that had bedevilled the relationship between the countries.

Organized in 1654 and executed in 1655, the attack on the well-fortified island of Hispaniola was a disaster and the English invasion fleet was repelled with heavy losses. To salvage something from the effort, the English turned their sights on the relatively unprotected island of Jamaica. Even this effort had mixed results. Though the English succeeded in capturing and keeping the island, the Spanish freed all the slaves in the colony before fleeing to Cuba. 44 The invasion of Jamaica and the ensuing war sent shockwaves through the Spanish empire.

3 The Franciscan success in bringing so many Indians under the sway of the Spanish through these missions ultimately proved devastating to their neophytes. Although St Augustine remained chronically undermanned and underfunded throughout its history, it nevertheless was the only centre of European military power in the region until 1670. Therefore, the prime method used by the Franciscan missions to gain Indian allegiance to Spanish rule and acceptance of the mission system was the implied threat of the Spanish garrison.

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