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The Elusive West and the Contest for Empire, 1713-1763$
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Paul W. Mapp

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833957

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838945_Mapp

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Spain's Acceptance of Trans-Mississippi Louisiana

Spain's Acceptance of Trans-Mississippi Louisiana

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The Elusive West and the Contest for Empire, 1713-1763

Paul W. Mapp

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the time when Charles III replaced Ferdinand VI as king of Spain. During the same period, an increasingly formidable and menacing Britain challenged Spanish imperial security. Few rulers look with indifference upon a growing threat to their cherished dominions, and Charles found the New World progress of British arms especially alarming because his plans for Spanish national revival depended on more efficient exploitation of Spain's colonial resources. Losing control or possession of significant portions of the Spanish Empire could handicap the new ruler's nascent reform efforts. Charles, later immortalized as the huntsman king of a Goya portrait, ran the danger of commencing his reign as prey for the goutish William Pitt.

Keywords:   Charles III, Ferdinand VI, king of Spain, Spanish imperial security, New World

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