02 May 2017

Calculated To Win Favor


From The Mississippi Valley historical review...:

The appeal for assistance in a letter of May, 1776, from General Charles Lee who spoke for the Virginia committee of safety was, therefore, not unwelcome to Unzaga, the governor of Louisiana.

The articles which it was hoped would be supplied by Spain were guns, blankets, and medicinal drugs, especially quinine.

The arguments presented were well calculated also to win favor from King Charles III and his advisers for the cause of America.  Should Great Britain succeed in subjugating the colonies, Lee wrote, her army and navy would be free at any moment to take possession of Mexico and Cuba. With America independent, Spanish possessions, it was maintained, need not fear attack.

Great Britain reunited to America would be more dangerous to Spain than one of the two if they remained separated. 

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