The Rogue Republic: How Would-Be Patriots Waged the Shortest Revolution in American History

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When Britain ceded the territory of West Floridaâ what is now Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Floridaâ to Spain in 1783, America was still too young to confidently fight in one of Europeâ s endless territorial contests. So it was left to the settlers, bristling at Spanish misrule, to establish a foothold in the area. Enter the Kemper brothers, whose vigilante justice culminated in a small band of American residents drafting a constitution and establishing a new government. By the time President Madison sent troops to occupy the territory, assert U.S. authority under the Louisiana Purchase, and restore order, West Floridaâ s settlers had already announced their independence, becoming our countryâ s shortest-lived rogue â republic.â  

Meticulously researched and populated with the colorful characters that make American history a joy, this is the story of a young country testing its power on the global stage and a lost chapter in how the frontier spirit came to define American character. The first treatment of this little-known historical moment, The Rogue Republic shows how hardscrabble frontiersmen and gentleman farmers planted the seeds of civil war, marked the dawn of Manifest Destiny, and laid the groundwork for the American empire.

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“History at its best, replete with intrigue, colorful individuals, governmental machinations, murder, and mayhem. It is storytelling at its finest and a pleasure to read.”—Jeffry D. Wert, author of General James Longstreet and A Glorious Army

 

In 1810 the wilds of West Florida—what is now parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida—were populated by a mix of former British colonials, Spanish royalists, and American frontier settlers looking for freedom and opportunity. Though the territory seemed a natural candidate for American expansion, the young nation was not ready to confidently stake a claim. So it was left to settlers bristling at Spanish misrule to establish a foothold.

        Enter the Kemper brothers and a small band of American residents, whose decision to take matters into their own hands culminated in their drafting a constitution and establishing a new government. By the time President Madison sent troops to formally occupy the territory, assert U.S. authority under the Louisiana Purchase, and restore order, West Florida’s settlers had already announced their independence, becoming our country’s shortest-lived—seventy-eight-day—rogue “republic.”

        Meticulously researched and populated with fiery characters, this is the story of a young country testing its power on the global stage and a lost chapter in how the frontier spirit came to define our nation’s legacy.

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“With his customary panache and eye for the telling detail, William Davis has deftly brought to life the too little-known but endlessly absorbing story of the short-lived West Florida Republic. What a treat for history buffs.”—Jay Winik, author of April 1865 and The Great Upheaval


“An absolutely enthralling story, with a cast of magnificent, unforgettable characters and a dramatic narrative that will keep you reading from first word to last. Based on exhaustive research in primary sources, this brilliant book is a must-read for all literate Americans.”—Stephen B. Oates, author of With Malice Toward None: A Biography of Abraham Lincoln

 

“Davis continues to turn out books on topics both significant and relatively unknown. All are superbly researched and written. The Rogue Republic continues that tradition with a compelling history.”—Robert M. Utley, author of Lone Star Justice

 

The Rogue Republic skillfully tells the remarkable story of the rogues and dreamers who founded the Republic of West Florida.”—David O. Stewart, author of The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution

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