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The American Revolution in Florida: Spain's Gulf Coast Campaign, 1779-1781

David Head
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Course Description

In the spring of 1781, British Pensacola fell to a force of Spanish, Irish, Native American, and Black Cuban soldiers led by Bernardo de Galvez, the Spanish governor of Louisiana-–and the colony of British West Florida, once loyal to the king, slipped out of George III’s hands. Brought to life with vivid visuals, the presentation tells the dramatic story of the American Revolution in Florida when Spain helped the American cause by waging war along the Gulf Coast. Attendees will learn the answers to questions such as: What was British West Florida, and why did it stay loyal to the king? Why did Spain join the American Revolution? Who was Bernardo de Galvez, and why was his motto "Yo solo"--I alone? And, finally, what was the significance of Florida in the War for American Independence?

About the Instructor

  • David Head, Ph.D. is associate lecturer of history at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Head received his B.A. from Niagara University and his Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo. He has published four books. His most recent book is "A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution." It received honorable mention for the Journal of the American Revolution’s Best Book Award and honorable mention for the American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia’s Book Award. It was also a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Head has written for USA Today, the Orlando Sentinel, and the History News Network on topics ranging from George Washington’s shopping habits to the musical Hamilton.