Thus the story of the Republic of West Florida is not only interesting but revealing.
If the story of the Republic of West Florida casts some light on larger matters, then William Davis's account is not only a pleasure but a lesson.
Probably not one American in a hundred knows anything about the short-lived Republic of West Florida (1810).
Plans were made to take Mobile and Pensacola from the Spaniards--naturally, Reuben Kemper figured prominently in this scheme--and thus to incorporate the eastern part of the Spanish province into the newborn Republic of West Florida (Sterkx and Thompson 1961, 382-85; Cox 1918, 457).
The rise and tall of the Republic of West Florida presents us with few genuine heroes.
His actions in regard to the Republic of West Florida wrote a sorry chapter in the life of someone better remembered as a man of high principle, a champion of freedom, and the Father of the U.