By Robert S. Weddle

During this crowning contact to his historic 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 learn 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 e-book opens with a sequence of territorial transfers that drove France from the North American continent and introduced a flurry of exploration via Spain and England, every one desirous to survey its new territory and align its defenses. Spanish reconnaissance of the Texas barrier islands and lagoons in keeping with a rumored English probability and 3 voyages to survey and map the Gulf Coast west of the Mississippi River show foreign competition as a spur to exploration. the tale concludes with Spain's retrocession of Louisiana to France and the quick sale of the territory to the us, a milestone towards the younger nation's appear future. utilizing assets formerly underutilized by way of historians, Weddle increases new questions bearing on 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 USA and Latin the US will price this ultimate installment in Weddle's meticulous, well-researched, and expertly written examine.

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John and Jack Jackson of Austin, Texas; Light T. Cummins of Sherman, Texas; Donald E. Chipman of Denton, Texas; and William S. Coker of Pensacola, Florida, have all been tremendously helpful in locating and accessing material, while providing an exchange of ideas that has been of inestimable value. ; Gary Mormino of Tampa, Florida; D. S. Chandler of Oxford, Ohio; Douglas G. Inglis of Seville, Spain; Charles E. Pearson of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Lloyd Pace of Bonham, Texas. Especially warm thanks go to H.

Series. 02DC20 95-11476 CIP Page v Nature protects these harbours and coasts with dangerous reefs. Hurricanes prevail, and storms so menacing as to make access difficult to ships. The intemperate climate imitates the plagues of Egypt with their contagious and pestilential insects. The shores produce innumerable delicious fruits, but mixed in their savoury morsels is the bitterness of death, and thus the extremes to which hunger and thirst are commonly brought by long voyages bring closer the fatal hour.

As director-general of Louisiana, he was to preside over the transfer of French territory to both England and Spain under terms of the Treaty of Paris. Ascending the river to New Orleans, he prepared to evacuate French troops from Mobile and Illinois, as well as New Orleans and Louisiana's trans-Mississippi posts. The transfer of former French territory to the English was completed the following October, when John Lind, having arrived in New Orleans in September, took possession of Mobile. 1 Spain, lacking troops for occupying Louisiana, negotiated with the French government for permission to enlist French soldiers from the colony.

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