Friday, September 24, 2010
"Republic of West Florida"
I came upon this cute tit-bit about our Republic tonight. I used to know this I think. 'may have been mentioned in some lecture or or other at school,..but like so much I've forgotten about it.
...from Yahoo Newz.
"It is the most dramatic event in Louisiana history that has been so little recognized," said Sam Hyde, director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at Southeastern Louisiana University.
"We have been lost to all the Cajuns and the debauchery of New Orleans, but it is a unique event that had a lasting effect on this area and others."
(The Bonnie Blue, also used later by Confederates.)
In the early morning hours of Sept. 23, 1810, 75 armed rebels slipped into the Spanish fort at Baton Rouge, and in what was described as a "sharp and bloody firefight," subdued the garrison.
They lowered the Spanish flag and raised the Bonnie Blue Flag — a single white star on a blue field — that had been adopted for the new nation they called West Florida.
Three days later the rebels signed a declaration of independence and set up a government for the new nation that historians say included about 4,000 people.
The republic was one of three nations that joined with the United States as it expanded west during the 19th century. The others were the republics of Texas and California.
West Florida achieved its goal — annexation by the United States — 74 days after independence, said archivist Betty Tucker of Zachary, La.
Historians generally agree the republic included 8 Louisiana parishes still known as the Florida Parishes, and those completed what became the state of Louisiana in 1812.
(14 Star flag of the early Republic.)
This being still such a young nation I'm always glad when some weirdness of our founding turns up. Makes for a more interesting story. Like for example there were actually "14" original colonies, the fourteenth being the lost state of Franklyn.
Franklyn was eventually eaten by Tennessee. Just as New York State tried to eat Vermont. However that one didn't pan out too well for the Crooks in Albany. Vermont handed their butts to them on a plate.
...sliced, and steaming.
This was one of them post Independence border wars that they mostly never told us about at school. ...that stuff was kind'a like what happened in Africa in the 1960's when the Brits, and French skipped out.
So we shouldn't feel all that superior to them folks over there.
...but I digress.
Did yo know that Washington was in fact the "7th" President of the United States, some guy named Peyton Randolph was elected first,..all true.
There was a Congress 'before' there was an Executive. So Uncle George had six predecessors before him when he got the job.