Ambivalent Embrace: America's Troubled Relations with Spain by Rodrigo Botero

By Rodrigo Botero

For almost centuries interplay among Spain and the us used to be characterised by way of cultural and political transformations, at the same time perceived conflicts of nationwide curiosity, and an asymmetry of energy. Botero identifies the interval from 1945 to 1953 as a watershed in family members, because the nations moved from a antagonistic posture in the direction of a pleasant rapprochement. He exhibits why, inspite of political modifications, mutual mistrust, and reciprocal grievances, either governments stumbled on it of their most sensible curiosity to arrive an contract at the factor of ecu protection. This examine files, for the 1st time, the intense lengths to which the Franco regime was once ready to visit enhance its family members with the United States.Beginning with the Spanish monarchy's selection to aid the 13 colonies of their fight for independence, Botero examines treaty negotiations in 1795 and 1821 that concerned Spain's territorial possessions in North the United States. He then seems to be at how friction over occasions in Cuba culminated within the Spanish-American warfare of 1898. a number of a long time of mutual disengagement until eventually the 2 international locations back clashed over the early pro-Axis sympathy of the Franco regime. the phobia of Soviet aggression could ultimately unite the 2 within the post-World battle II period with a bilateral contract to set up army bases in Spain as a part of strategic preparations to guard Western Europe.

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Our commerce with Spain is also in itself a very considerable object. At this moment we take from her wine, oil, fruit, silk, cloth etc. ’’ Morris to Jay, July 4, 1781, in Wharton, op. , 4:537. 22. “The Americans propose only friendship and reciprocal trade. But if that is sufficient for France it could not be adopted by Spain without specifying that such trade refers exclusively to the realm in Europe. ” Aranda to Grimaldi, January 13, 1777, in Yela Utrilla, op. , 2:42. Page 18 This page intentionally left blank.

John Adams, commissioner to the peace negotiations, referring to the principle of unconditional acknowledgement of North American independence stated: “Mr. Jay has acted on the same principle with Spain and with Great Britain. ’’ Adams to Livingston, November 6, 1782, in Wharton, op. , 5:584. 16. Aranda dissented from official policy on this question. Although he foresaw difficulties in dealing with the new nation, he thought it was in Spain’s self-interest to provide active support to North American independence: “To conserve our own possessions in America we need to safeguard them from the example of the British Colonies, should they become disappointed in our lack of support.

2:43. 17. The Spanish Crown also exerted diplomatic pressure on Pope Clement XIV to bring about the abolition of the Company of Jesus (1773), an initiative in which Floridablanca was an active participant as Spanish ambassador to Rome. 18. Promotion of reform from above in the context of eighteenth-century absolutism also took place under Catherine the Great of Russia, Frederick the Great of Prussia, Leopold of Tuscany, and Joseph II of Austria. This phenomenon has been described as Enlightened Despotism, a term coined by Diderot in the 1760s.

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