The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 67
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The Louisiana-Texas Frontier.
half-hearted ally Spain, to be followed by the immediate occupa-
tion of the Floridas and Louisiana and the possible uprising of all
Spanish America. In October, 1797, the French consul L6tombe
reported that Hamilton and the exti eme Federalists favored such
a policy, -and that the South Carolina representatives already traced
the route for such a campaign from Pittsburg to Mexico City by
way of "Rionorte et Sartila." The prospect of hostilities in
America again brought Miranda into England for the pur-
pose of enlisting that nation and the United States in a campaign
for the independence of all Spanish America west of the Missis-
sippi. In this campaign he expected a British fleet to
land ten thousand men at Darien, a small British squad-
ron to threaten Peru, and five thousand American fron-
tiersmen to cooperate with them. For a time the Brit-
ish officials encouraged his plan, while awaiting the ex-
pected overthrow of Spanish independence by France. When that
event did not materialize, largely because of the opposition of
Godoy, they allowed Miranda's scheme to lapse. Rufus King, our
minister to Great Britain, eagerly seconded the plan as affording
a positive program in place of the mere defensive position which
England assumed in Europe towards French aggression. Hamil-
ton, as the active commander of the American forces, regarded
with favor such an extensive campaign in behalf of American in-
dependence, and even consulted with Wilkinson regarding its main
features, but was willing to engage in it only under the auspices
of his government. The policy of President Adams in adjusting
our differences with France rendered the wider campaign impos-
sible and permitted Spain still to retain Louisiana and the Flor-
Upon France the effect of the Blount Conspiracy was to increase
her determination to secure Louisiana. In 1796 General Perignon
went to Madrid to arrange a formal alliance between Spain and
France. Although he represented the danger to both countries
from an alliance between Great Britain and the United States for
the purpose of dividing North America, and pointed out that the
"Report of the American Historic(a Association, 1903, Vol. II, 1076; cf.
also Adams, Life and Works of John Adams, I 252, 679-684.
'King, Life and Correspondence of Rufus King, II 649-666; III 556-565.
Cf. also the introduction of Hale, Philip Nolan's Friends, XII, XIII, XV.
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