Signs of Approaching Peace

Gilbert C. Din

in War on the Gulf Coast

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813037523
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813042145 | DOI:
Signs of Approaching Peace

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In 1802 conditions improved for the Spaniards. The war with Great Britain was winding down as the Truce of Amiens made Nassau help for Bowles illegal. Despite that, his friends persisted in sending some goods to him. The killing of a chief by a soldier briefly threatened friendly Indian relations until the murderer was executed. Bowles attempted again to besiege Fort San Marcos, but with two Spanish ships and more soldiers present, he failed. He tried desperately to gather Indian support, but, tired of war, they began drifting away from him. New Orleans and Pensacola gave San Marcos more support. Rural instability continued. Bowles attempted to form his own navy but never progressed far beyond seizing Cuban fishing boats. The naval struggle continued. Squabbles between Spanish officials sometimes occurred. Bowles attempted to recruit unemployed British army and navy personnel, and he attracted several persons briefly. Another adventurer, John DeLacy, joined him. Nassau merchants tried to send arms to Bowles on the Favorite, but it fell into Spanish hands, as did other vessels. Spain appeared to be winning the struggle against Bowles.

Keywords: Truce of Amiens; Conditions in Apalache; naval struggle; Spanish officers; DeLacy; Favorite; Spanish successes

Chapter.  7060 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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