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The Other War of 1812: The Patriot War and the American Invasion of Spanish East Florida
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A carefully researched history of Spanish East Florida's Patriot War, a complicated conflict that involved covert action by American forces, greedy border marauders from Georgia, rebels inside the province, Spanish troops and provincial white militia, free black militia, and Seminole warriors (both Indian and African American). The result of the war was devastation of the province's plantations and an end to a remarkable period of economic expansion.(Daniel L. Schafer University of North Florida)
Greatly expands our understanding of how the Patriot War of 1812–13, a truly forgotten conflict, was interwoven with the War of 1812, American expansion, and developing ideas about free armed blacks living in the Spanish-American borderlands of Florida. Ultimately, the acquisition of Florida—a process that began with the Patriot War—would be the only way to satisfy American territorial ambitions and racial fears.(Gene A. Smith Texas Christian University)
A superb, highly readable history of events as seen in the local context.(American Historical Review)
While historians like Rembert Patrick and more recently Joseph B. Smith have explored the Patriot War, James G. Cusick has finally produced an expertly researched account that puts this conflict in the greater context of Southern and borderlands history. . . . The Other War of 1812 retells an interesting tale of a seminal moment in both Florida and Southern history. Its research is solid, and it raises important questions about race, culture, and political ideology that both historians and lay readers will want to ponder. It rates a place on the thankfully growing list of essential Florida history titles.(H-Net)
Cusick's research should inspire renewed interest in the still mysterious and largely misunderstood Florida borderlands. As such, this work should prove appealing to regional, national, and Atlantic world historians.(Journal of the Early Republic)
[Cusick] has done a great job of bringing in both Spanish and English language sources, something that many Americanists are unwilling or unable to do. In this sense Cusick is both rescuing and blazing a path for American diplomatic, political, and military history. . . . This is a strong book that updates and reevaluates an important chapter in southern, American, and borderlands history.(Journal of American History)
About the Author
James G. Cusick is curator of the P. K. Yonge Library of Florida History at the University of Florida. He is a research associate of the St. Augustine Historical Society and the Historic St. Augustine Research Institute and serves on the board of directors for the Seminole Wars Historic Foundation, the Gulf South History and Humanities Conference, and the Florida Historical Society.
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Not only give information about the details of the war; but it describes the events that took place during that time, and its consequences, as well the ocupations of the citizens, and it give some of their names.
A map of Old Fernandina shows the streets' names.
Because of this book I can visit Fernadina and have an idea where those people lived even though the houses are not longer there.
This is an awesome book for Florida history lovers.
A job very well done!!!!!