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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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Spanish Reactions to British Pacific Encroachments, 1750–1757

Spanish Reactions to British Pacific Encroachments, 1750–1757

(p.312) 11 Spanish Reactions to British Pacific Encroachments, 1750–1757
The Elusive West and the Contest for Empire, 1713-1763

Paul W. Mapp

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the Spanish Empire, the policies of which—because of its geographic position, lingering power, and manifest potential—rival mid-eighteenth-century French and British statesmen vied to bring in line with their own objectives. To contemporary French observers, and to later imperial and diplomatic historians, this policy has presented something of a riddle. In particular, Spanish relations with Britain were warmer and Spanish relations with France more distant than circumstances would seem to dictate. Between 1748 and 1756, while France and Britain tottered from tension to hostility to war, Spain stood largely apart from Anglo-French conflict, maintaining civil relations with both powers but following the lead of neither. Not only did Spain avoid allying with France until 1761 but, in a century marked by six Anglo-Spanish wars and countless skirmishes, Anglo-Spanish relations between 1750 and 1757 were remarkably cordial.

Keywords:   Spanish Empire, geographic position, Anglo-French conflict, Anglo-Spanish relations, British statesmen

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