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Spanish America and British Romanticism, 1777-1826Rewriting Conquest$
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Rebecca Cole Heinowitz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638680

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638680.001.0001

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‘Thy World, Columbus, shall be free:’ Visions of Spanish America during the Peninsular War

‘Thy World, Columbus, shall be free:’ Visions of Spanish America during the Peninsular War

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(p.132) Chapter Four ‘Thy World, Columbus, shall be free:’ Visions of Spanish America during the Peninsular War
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Spanish America and British Romanticism, 1777-1826
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Rebecca Cole Heinowitz

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638680.003.0005

This chapter discusses the protection program of the Spanish empire, which effectively replaced the previous annexation plans of Britain. It notes that during the Peninsular War, British writing about Spanish America seemed to turn away from previous works that had expressed sympathy for the Spanish American natives with British imperialism. It then studies several works that concealed Britain's unabated interest in starting commercial dominance in Spanish America. The chapter also considers the question of how to present Britain's emancipation efforts as consistent with their promise to protect the Spanish empire.

Keywords:   protection program, Spanish empire, annexation plans, Peninsular War, British writing, imperialism, commercial dominance, emancipation efforts

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