Congressional Edition Volume 5536

Congressional Edition Volume 5536

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...Senator from Tennessee, who was a large and influential landowner in what was then the debatable land on the east banks of the Mississippi. The scheme was concocted in 1796 and 1797 by Blount, Captain Chisholm, Doctor Romayne, and others. American frontiersmen, aided by Indians, were to attack the Spanish settlements in Louisiana and the Floridas. Dissatisfied Tories were expected to join the invading forces. England was to send a fleet to blockade the mouth of the Mississippi River, and, in all probability, aid was to be sent from Canada. Blount even seems to have made attempts to engage the Indian agents of the United States in the southwest in his plan. This tangled net of intrigue was discovered, however, Blount was expelled from the Senate, and the English Government attempted to disavow any connection with the design in spite of the fact that her minister in the United States, Liston, had been acquainted with the labors of Chisholm, although there is no evidence at present to show that he or his Government knew of the participation of Blount." Any hopes which the English Government or her agents might have entertained regarding the acquisition of the Floridas or of Louisiana as the outcome of such an enterprise were of course shattered by the degradation of Blount. Spain was not by any means ignorant of the plots that were being hatched against her American dominions. Through Gen. Victor Collot the Spanish minister in the United States was apprised of the scheme which Blount and his fellow-conspirators were forming.6 By reports from England the Spanish King had been informed that that Government had not only considered but had actually decided upon an expedition against his dominions in America. The warning had also been transmitted...
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  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 472g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236536045
  • 9781236536044