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By Gilbert C. Din

“Using a plethora of formerly unexamined records from a couple of documents, this paintings offers the 1st transparent realizing of William Augustus Bowles and his exploits alongside the Spanish Gulf Coast and one of the Creek Indians, demonstrating unequivocally that the glory-seeking adventurer used to be now not the tragic heroic determine that he and former historians have claimed.”—F. Todd Smith, collage of North Texas

War at the Gulf Coast is one of many first books in regards to the Spanish interval in West Florida (1797–1805) written from the Spanish viewpoint. utilizing Spanish archival assets, Gilbert Din is ready to shed new mild at the machinations of William Augustus Bowles, an adventurer who sought to introduce items, subvert the Creek Indians, and deprive the Spaniards of territory.
            via revealing the interior workings of the Spanish army institution, Din makes a resounding case that West Florida—which then stretched the entire method to the Mississippi River—was a necessary region of overseas intrigue, now not an unimportant backwater. He additionally deals a much-needed corrective to earlier depictions of Bowles, wondering his genuine effect one of the Creek kingdom. Din highlights the naval efforts to curtail smuggling and trap Bowles and counters triumphing knowledge approximately why the Spanish have been compelled to give up at citadel San Marcos.
Gilbert C. Din is professor emeritus of background at citadel Lewis university (Colorado). he's the writer of Spaniards, Planters, and Slaves: The Spanish rules of Slavery in Louisiana, 1763–1803, which gained the final L. Kemper and Leila Williams Award for the simplest e-book on Louisiana history.

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16 Nevertheless, the indefatigable Bowles retained elements of support and opportunities to exploit, particularly among the disgruntled Lower Creeks and Seminoles of the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint rivers. All Indians resented Panton’s prices, which he allegedly inflated for European goods and depressed for their hides and furs. They further lamented Spanish parsimony all the while praising—and no doubt exaggerating—past British generosity. 17 Notwithstanding the adventurer’s failed expedition, he and his partners clung tenaciously to a glimmer of hope.

He blamed erroneous impressions of him for not gaining Spanish approval for his designs. To dispel scurrilous descriptions William Augustus Bowles Challenges the Spaniards • 33 adversaries heaped on him, he portrayed himself as a peace lover who desired to promote harmony between tribes and Spain. 30 Nine days later and perhaps after familiarizing himself with Spanish bureaucracy, Bowles wrote to the head of government, the Conde de Floridablanca, in behalf of the Creeks and Cherokees and their reputed twenty thousand warriors, which inflated their number several hundred percent.

The precocious teenager possibly fathered two children by these women. Although he wove tales of participating in battles against the Spaniards, such as the failed British thrust at The Village (La Aldea) across the bay from Mobile in January 1781, more credible was his return to colors shortly before the Spaniards besieged and captured Pensacola in the spring of 1781. On the day before the surrender, he became a sublieutenant, the lowest-ranking officer in the British army. 2 In the early postwar era, Bowles’s movements are faintly known.

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