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Collection of Spanish documents concerning Florida and the West Indies: Finding Aid
mssHM 9471-9548  
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Description
This collection contains 86 pieces of official documents, in Spanish, related to the 1783 Treaty of Versailles, particularly in relation to Spanish possession in West Indies.
Background
The Treaty of Versailles of September 3, 1783, which recognized the independence of the thirteen colonies, also ended hostilities between European powers. According to the treaty, Spain recovered Minorca and East Florida. The Treaty was preceded by separate preliminary articles that France and Spain signed on January 20, 1783. Yet Americans were hostile to Spanish control. They began to expand into Florida, first gaining territory called the Yazoo Strip through the Treaty of Lorenzo (Pinckney’s Treaty) in October 1795. By 1821, Spain agreed, by the Adams-Onís Treaty, to the cession of Florida to the United States.
Extent
86 pieces in 1 box
Restrictions
The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.
Availability
Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.