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‘Thy World, Columbus, shall be free:’ Visions of Spanish America during the Peninsular War

Rebecca Cole Heinowitz

in Spanish America and British Romanticism, 1777-1826

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638680
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651702 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638680.003.0005
‘Thy World, Columbus, shall be free:’ Visions of Spanish America during the Peninsular War

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This chapter discusses the protection program of the Spanish empire, which effectively replaced the previous annexation plans of Britain. It notes that during the Peninsular War, British writing about Spanish America seemed to turn away from previous works that had expressed sympathy for the Spanish American natives with British imperialism. It then studies several works that concealed Britain's unabated interest in starting commercial dominance in Spanish America. The chapter also considers the question of how to present Britain's emancipation efforts as consistent with their promise to protect the Spanish empire.

Keywords: protection program; Spanish empire; annexation plans; Peninsular War; British writing; imperialism; commercial dominance; emancipation efforts

Chapter.  10387 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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