The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 42
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42 Texas IIistorical Association Quarterly.
fifth parallel.1 Under Miranda's influence military preparations
were making in England, with New Orleans an immediate ob-
jective point, but with a view to the ultimate conquest of Mexico
and South America. Before the end of the year 1790, however,
Pitt received a memoir demonstrating the impracticability of
marching troops from New Orleans to Mexico." Other reportss
pointed out the greater desirability of possessing merely New Or-
leans and the Floridas (Pitt's "Southern Farms") and of utilizing
western volunteers for this purpose. Later the trader and ad-
venturer W. A. Bowles proposed4 to use the Cherokees and Creeks,
with some Tennessee recruits, in conquering the Foridas and south-
ern Louisiana. If then threatened by Spanish forces from Havana,
he proposed to draw these off by a feint upon Mexico, which from
personal knowledge he represented as accessible and ready to re-
volt upon the first approach of an invader.
These various memoirs seem to indicate that although the Brit-
ish government was somewhat influenced by Miranda's comprehen-
sive sceheme, it merely intended to take advantage of the probable
hostilities to seize the Floridas and New Orleans, and possibly the
greater part of Louisiana, and then make use of its position to
bring Mexico into a condition of partial dependence. "Probably
a certain amount of the territory whose seizure was contemplated
would be returned to Spain upon the latter's yielding more ex-
tensive commercial privileges in her remaining colonies. It is
hardly likely that Pitt or those associated with him placed much
confidence in Miranda's elaborate plan for revolutionizing all Span-
ish America, or that they were willing to embark in a mere quixotic
scheme for bearing independence to Spain's oppressed colonists.
The English leaders simply intended to utilize the practical part
of Miranda's plan, especially from a commercial standpoint. But
whatever their motives, the opportunity to realize them passed
away when Spain accepted England's terms in the Nootka Sound
While the prospect of hostile operations was still threatening,
'American Historical Review, VII 711, note 4.
2Ibid., VII 716.
8Particularly those of the British agent signing himself "R. D." Ameri-
can Historical Review, VII 718, 724, 725.
'American Historical Review, VII 728-33.
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