Borderlines in Borderlands: James Madison and the by J. C. A. Stagg

By J. C. A. Stagg

In analyzing how the USA received regulate over the northern borderlands of Spanish the USA, this paintings reassesses the international relations of President James Madison. Historians have assumed Madison’s purpose in sending brokers into the Spanish borderlands among 1810 and 1813 was once to subvert Spanish rule, yet J. C. A. Stagg argues that his genuine rationale was once to discover peaceable and felony resolutions to long-standing disputes over the bounds of Louisiana at a time whilst the Spanish-American empire used to be within the strategy of dissolution. Drawing on an array of yank, British, French, and Spanish assets, the writer describes how a myriad solid of neighborhood leaders, officers, and different small gamers affected the borderlands international relations among the United States and Spain, and he casts new mild on Madison’s contribution to early American expansionism. (20100301)

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These were now treaty rights of an independent nation, and to the extent that treaty rights under the law of nations could be seen as compatible with the laws of nature, Madison defended them in A TROUBLESOME NEIGHBOR terms of natural law. ” Since Great Britain “could not defeat the latter, neither will Spain the former. 55 At times, Madison could also speak and write as if hostilities with Spain were inevitable, if Madrid continued denying American claims. ”56 Usually, though, he was more cautious.

46 Some delegates felt that Spain deserved no special consideration from the United States, but Madison’s position was more complicated. 47 And Madison could not approve of the risk of breaching the 1778 alliance that Jay had taken by negotiating separately with Great Britain, especially when one of the consequences could have been an expanded British West Florida on the southern border of the new nation. ” Yet he also found the subject “infinitely perplexing,” as he did not wish to appear to repudiate the peace treaty or even its negotiators, particularly when any criticisms of the latter might have inflamed sectional tensions in Congress.

106 Indeed, one of the main advantages of the 1803 purchase was not so much that it enlarged American territory westward to the Rocky Mountains but that it also furnished the administration, albeit 41 42 A TROUBLESOME NEIGHBOR at a greater financial cost than Jefferson would have liked, with the opportunity to continue the quest for a border on the Gulf Coast. ” That reaction scarcely bothered him.

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