By Timothy Paul Grady

Frequently performed down in favour of the bigger pageant for empire among England and France, the impact of the Spanish in English Carolina and the English in Spanish Florida created a contention that formed the early heritage of colonial south-east the USA. This research is the 1st to inform the whole tale of this competition, operating it in to the historiography of either colonies. taking a look at the sector intimately, Grady examines the kin among the English and Spanish colonists and the local American inhabitants. a variety of indigenous tribes represented the true strength in those areas, with colonial rivalries usually being performed out in the course of the manipulation of those fragile friendships. this type of particular, neighborhood technique permits a wealthy, vivid narrative to inform a narrative of political, monetary, cultural and social interplay via various views, putting the disparate teams into the context of a miles better ancient tapestry.

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The English failed to capture the fortress protecting the town, but managed to raid the churches, the storehouses and the houses before retreating with the spoils. In addition to the loot gained in the attack, Searles also rescued the intrepid Dr Henry Woodward from his yearlong captivity in St Augustine. Woodward would go on to play a pivotal role in the early years of the Charleston settlement. 49 The attack on St Augustine exposed the extreme vulnerability of Florida and led the Spanish to take a two-pronged approach to secure the position of their outpost in North America.

31 – 32 Anglo-Spanish Rivalry in Colonial South-East America As a result, by the middle of the 1680s, Guale, the region of Spanish mission influence closest to the English in Carolina, became the focus of both Indian and English attacks leading to the first retreat of Spanish power in Florida. With this retreat, the Carolinians emerged over the space of fifteen years from the weakness of Charleston’s early years to a position of power and influence roughly equal to the Spanish in the contest for supremacy in the south-east.

43 *** The Spanish reaction to the founding of Charleston was merely the culmination of a growing realization of the threat posed by the expanding English presence in the region. The Spanish in St Augustine spent the decades of the 1650s and 1660s worrying about their exposed position and begging the crown for increased assistance against the inevitable attack. Their concerns were well 28 Anglo-Spanish Rivalry in Colonial South-East America founded. England’s relationship with Spain remained rocky through much of the seventeenth century.

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