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Spain and the American Revolution
New Approaches and Perspectives

ISBN 9780367000554
Published November 8, 2019 by Routledge
276 Pages

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Book Description

Though the participation of France in the American Revolution is well established in the historiography, the role of Spain, France’s ally, is relatively understudied and underappreciated. Spain's involvement in the conflict formed part of a global struggle between empires and directly influenced the outcome of the clash between Britain and its North American colonists. Following the establishment of American independence, the Spanish empire became one of the nascent republic's most significant neighbors and, often illicitly, trading partners. Bringing together essays from a range of well-regarded historians, this volume contributes significantly to the international history of the Age of Atlantic Revolutions.

Table of Contents


Contributor Biographies


Gabriel Paquette and Gonzalo Quintero Saravia

Introduction: Spain and the American Revolution


Anthony McFarlane

The American Revolution and Spanish America, 1776-1814


Larrie D. Ferreiro

The Rise and Fall of the Spanish-French Bourbon Armada, from Toulon to Pensacola to Trafalgar


María Bárbara Zepeda Cortés

José’s Secrets: Minister Gálvez’s Master Plan for Spain’s Participation in the American Revolution


Manuel Lucena-Giraldo

"Foreseeing what great occasions might come": American Independence and Spanish Naval Reformers


Emily Berquist Soule

The Spanish Slave Trade during the American Revolutionary War



John W. Nelson

Spain's Bid for the American Interior? The Imperial Contest over the Revolutionary Great Lakes


Emmanuelle Perez Tisserant

Spain and the American Revolution: A Pacific Perspective


Benjamin C. Lyons

Law in Early Modern Diplomacy: The Jay-Floridablanca Negotiations of 1780


Mary-Jo Kline

Sarah Livingston Jay (1756-1802): A Republican Lady in Spain


Ross Michael Nedervelt

Securing the Borderlands/seas in the American Revolution: The Spanish-American Alliance and Regional Security against the British Empire


Gregg French

Spain and the Birth of the America Republic: Establishing Lasting Bonds of Kinship in the Revolutionary Era


Eric Becerra

A New Guardian: The Values of the American Revolution in Post-Revolutionary Spanish Louisiana Settlements


Eduardo Posada-Carbó

Spanish America and US Constitutionalism in the Age of Revolution



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Gabriel Paquette is Professor of History and International Studies at the University of Oregon. He was Sons of the American Revolution Visiting Professor at King’s College London in 2017–2018.

Gonzalo M. Quintero Saravia, a senior Spanish diplomat, is author of Bernardo de Gálvez: Spanish Hero of the American Revolution, which recently won the Society for Military History’s Best Book Prize.


"This well-crafted collection of essays promises to refocus scholarly attention on the crucial monetary and military assistance that Spain provided the revolutionaries in the War of the American Revolution. This book will undoubtedly stimulate further research on this important topic, and the volume will be of interest to students and specialists of Latin American, early U.S., and Atlantic World history." - Kenneth J. Andrien, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Chair, Southern Methodist University