by Phil Edwards Florida man starts country in the 1800s, only lasts a few months #History, #Interesting, #WestFlorida, #SpanishEmpire, #U...

Florida man starts country in the 1800s, only lasts a few months

by Phil Edwards
Florida man starts country in the 1800s, only lasts a few months
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 According to Phil Edwards’ interview with historian William C. Davis, who wrote The Rogue Republic: How Would-Be Patriots Waged the Shortest Revolution in American History...

"In the 1800s, no one could agree on who owned West Florida.“


Here’s an excerpt I found most endearing and meaningful, and it’ll surely make my history-enthused bones chill a bit:

[...] for Davis, West Florida presents a theory about how American expansion really happened. It wasn't "some grand patriotic, ethnically American drive, the sense of Manifest Destiny," he says. "That's nonsense. It's driven by personal motives of profit and entrepreneurialism, and that's not a criticism at all. It's people moving West, where they're less constrained by law and order."


And in the case of West Florida, that meant making a country in order to make a living.


Read this fantastically interesting and informative, full article at the source:
http://www.vox.com/2015/10/6/9462159/west-florida
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