The National Society Sons of the American Revolution and Johns Hopkins University present The 2018 SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution.
Spain and the American Revolution
June 8-10, 2018
John Hopkins University
Though the participation of France in the American Revolution is well-established in the historiography, the role of Spain – France’s ally as a result of the so-called “Family Compact” that united the two Bourbon monarchies – is relatively understudied and underappreciated. This neglect is surprising, given Spain’s significant material and martial contributions to the American effort from 1779. The renewal of interest in global and international history makes such continued neglect untenable: Spain and Britain clashed repeatedly during the global war of which the American Revolution was but one theater, whether in the Caribbean, the Gulf Coast and Florida, Minorca, and Gibraltar. Following the establishment of American independence, Spain remained one of the nascent republic’s most significant allies and the Spanish empire became one of its most significant neighbors and, often illicitly, trading partners.
Spain and the American Revolution will be chaired by Gabriel Paquette,
Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University and the 2018 SAR Distinguished Scholar