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Borderlines in Borderlands: James Madison and the Spanish-American Frontier, 1776-1821

J. C. A. Stagg


In examining how the United States gained control over the northern borderlands of Spanish America, this work reassesses the diplomacy of President James Madison. Historians have assumed that Madison's motive in sending agents into the Spanish borderlands between 1810 and 1813 was to subvert Spanish rule, but the author argues that his real intent was to find peaceful and legal resolutions to long-standing disputes over the boundaries of Louisiana at a time when the Spanish-American Empire was in the process of dissolution. Drawing on an array of American, British, French, and Spanish sources, ... More

Keywords: United States, Spanish America, James Madison, Spanish borderlands, Louisiana, Spanish-American Empire, borderlands diplomacy, American expansionism

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780300139051
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300139051.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. C. A. Stagg, author

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