“Not Merely Perfidious but Ungrateful”: The U.S. Takeover of West Florida
By Robert Higgs
This article appeared in the Fall 2005 issue of The Independent Review

Probably not one American in a hundred knows anything about the short-lived Republic of West Florida (1810), which extended east from the Mississippi River and along the Gulf Coast to the Perdido River. This venture, born of low-level filibuster and high-level intrigue, illustrates the same ingrained American propensity for land grabbing so evident in other U.S. territorial acquisition.

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