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Vassals del Rey de España

Kevin T. Barksdale

in The Lost State of Franklin

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125213
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135199 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125213.003.0008
Vassals del Rey de España

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This chapter reveals the Franklin–Spanish conspiracy that threatened to fracture the southwestern frontier in order to reconstruct the shattered remains of Franklin and advance the political and financial fortunes of a cabal of influential Tennessee Valley leading men. It notes that Dr. James White, former North Carolina congressman, visited the former Franklin governor, John Sevier, at Washington County plantation, and revealed a “shadowy scheme” that tantalizingly held out the possibilities of simultaneously resurrecting backcountry separatism and reviving the elusive Muscle Shoals land deal. The chapter shows that the events which unfolded between July 1788 and April 1789 involved the government of Spain, a small group of powerful land speculators, prominent Franklinites, and the communities of “Lesser Franklin.” It observes that the Spanish conspiracy was the last opportunity to preserve Franklin's political and economic hegemony; to pressure North Carolina and the U.S. government; to eliminate the Native American threat; and to advance collective fiscal and political interests.

Keywords: Franklin–Spanish conspiracy; Tennessee Valley; James White; John Sevier; Muscle Shoals; Spain; North Carolina; U.S. government; Native American

Chapter.  6758 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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