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La FloridaFive Hundred Years of Hispanic Presence$
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Viviana Díaz Balsera and Rachel A. May

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060118

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060118.001.0001

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Fireworks over Fernandina

Fireworks over Fernandina

The Atlantic Dimension of the Amelia Island Episode, 1817

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La Florida

Karen Racine

University Press of Florida

The Amelia Island Episode of 1817 clearly laid out the Atlantic dimensions of the so-called Age of Revolution. Government entities and rebel forces in Spain, Britain, the United States, Mexico, Spanish America, Cuba, and even Haiti all became consumed by the events taking place on this small island. As a small but centrally-located island with a serviceable port and a fair degree of de facto political autonomy, Amelia Island was a lucrative prize for the many Atlantic players who tried to claim it. Its role as a nexus between North and South America, at the point of intersection between Spain and its colonies in revolt, on the borders of Louisiana and an increasingly-expansive United States makes the short-lived Republic of the Floridas a valuable lens through which to assess not just shifting political loyalties, but the personal connections that transcended language, ethnicity, national origin and economic status. James Monroe’s intense interest in the Floridas for more than a decade before his famous Monroe Doctrine was asserted, and even the language he used that spanned a decade, proves that events in Amelia Island played a key role in framing his international policies as an assertion of American rights in an Atlantic context.

Keywords:   Amelia Island, Monroe Doctrine

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