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The Rogue Republic

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When Britain ceded the territory of West Florida-- what is now Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida--to Spain in 1783, America was still too young to confidently fight in one of Europe's endless territorial contests. So it was left to the settlers, bristling at Spanish misrule, to establish a foothold in the area. Enter the Kemper brothers, whose vigilante justice ...more
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Published April 20th 2011 by Houghton Mifflin (first published January 1st 2011)
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Here's a book I wanted to like. I'm always interested in the parts of history that largely go un-examined - hence my excitement to get my hands on this book, a history of how Spanish Florida came to be part of the United States in between the end of the Revolutionary war and the War of 1812. Unfortunately, I didn't find the book itself that great. I don't know if it's because of the huge cast of characters, or the author being a better historian than he is a writer, but I had a lot of trouble ke ...more
Bob H
Here is a well-researched and unique book on a long-forgotten episode in U.S. history: the 1810 revolt of American settlers in the Spanish territory of West Florida, an area spanning modern-day Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida panhandle. The author has done well to describe, in lucid prose, a convoluted story of intrigue and occasional violence between the settlers, the Spanish government, and the increasing U.S. government presence in the region. It's a story peopled by vivid cha ...more
Dylan McCartney
William Davis' The Rogue Republic covers a little discussed topic of the early United States. Covering the situation in Spanish West Florida from about 1800 through its conclusion in 1810, Davis gives voice to the various key political and social figures of the period, from the revolutionaries themselves to the Spanish and American officials attempting to control the situation. Since the West Floridian revolution is little discussed, Davis clearly had his work cut out for him in relaying all o ...more
Sky Thibedeau
About 200 years ago the Florida Panhandle, the southern sections of Mississippi and Alabama, and parts of Louisiana comprised a territory known as West Florida. West Florida was a backwater that came under control of various of the European Colonial powers at the time. It had been controlled at varuious times by France, Britain, or Spain. At the time of our story, it was again in the hands of Spain though actual Spanish speaking settlers were outnumbered by English speakers who had either fled t ...more
As a long-time, well read, history buff, I get excited when I come across a subject that I know absolutely nothing about. The Republic of West Florida? Never heard of it! William C. Davis' book took care of that quite nicely.

The story of West Florida is a complex one, that surprisingly for its small size and short existence, had far-reaching and important consequences. The events feature a diverse cast of frontier rogues, greedy businessmen, crafty politicians, and some noble patriots. Added to

The Rogue Republic provides the story of how Florida and the Mississippi Territory (including Baton Rouge) became a part of the United States. From the Kemper's raids that stirred up opposition to the Spanish to the United States incursions that provided the strength necessary for the uprising. The political parties from the Creoles, to the Americans, to the Spanish natives that made up the new melting pot of this territory the reader sees how they came together. Militarily this was a quick figh
Jim Blessing
This book was just too boring and complicated to follow. It seemed like an interesting topic that had not been covered in the past, but in reading it, I pretty quickly realized why that was so.
Not an easy read.
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