Changing Tides: Twilight and Dawn in the Spanish Sea, by Robert S. Weddle

By Robert S. Weddle

During this crowning contact to his old trilogy, Robert S. Weddle resumes the dramatic voyage of discovery and exploration within the Gulf of Mexico (the Spanish Sea) and alongside its coast. Combining thorough study with stylish narrative, altering Tides treats the reader to political intrigue, stories of hurricanes and shipwrecks, and the wealthy historiography that marks the interval among 1763 and 1803. The booklet opens with a chain of territorial transfers that drove France from the North American continent and introduced a flurry of exploration by way of Spain and England, each one wanting to survey its new territory and align its defenses. Spanish reconnaissance of the Texas barrier islands and lagoons in keeping with a rumored English risk and 3 voyages to survey and map the Gulf Coast west of the Mississippi River exhibit foreign contention as a spur to exploration. the tale concludes with Spain's retrocession of Louisiana to France and the fast sale of the territory to the U.S., a milestone towards the younger nation's occur future. utilizing resources formerly underutilized by means of historians, Weddle increases new questions referring to occasions of the past due eighteenth century and the politics that drove them, with emphasis on exploration and mapping within the Gulf. students and scholars of Texas historical past, Spanish borderlands, and colonial the US and Latin the US will price this ultimate installment in Weddle's meticulous, well-researched, and expertly written examine.

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5 The hurricane and the resulting shipping loss had significant implications for the Louisiana colony. It was one of those times that the fleet, seemingly jinxed, was stalked by successive disasters. Misfortune began two days before it made port at Veracruz, when the ship Nueva España was struck by lightning that felled her foremast. Then, while she was being unloaded on July 23, 1766, a barrel of brandy was dropped, spilling its contents around a burning lamp in the hold. The ship burned to the waterline, threatening to spread fire to the other seven vessels moored alongside.

Publisher : Texas A? Mexico, Gulf of--Discovery and exploration--Spanish, Gulf States--Discovery and exploration--Spanish, Mexico, Gulf of--History, Gulf States--History--To 1803, Mexico--History--Spanish colony, 1540-1810. 02 subject : Mexico, Gulf of--Discovery and exploration--Spanish, Gulf States--Discovery and exploration--Spanish, Mexico, Gulf of--History, Gulf States--History--To 1803, Mexico--History--Spanish colony, 1540-1810. Page iii Changing Tides Twilight and Dawn in the Spanish Sea, 17631803 Robert S.

After nineteen days on the river, most of the Spanish ships arrived before New Orleans the evening of August 16. 26 San Joaquín's anonymous scribe chronicles the pomp and ceremony attending the landing two days later: the firing of cannon from the capitana, the muster of the French militia in recognition of Spanish sovereignty and the general who had brought it; the parade of Spanish forcesfoot, horse, and artilleryaround the plaza. Governor Aubry and members of the Superior Council advanced to greet the new commander as he came ashore amid a new chorus of "Viva el Rey" from sailors stationed on yards and mastheads.

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