Everything for Your Home's
Beauty, Comfort & Convenience 384-2123
704 Jamestown St, Columbia
Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Click here for information
Real Estate & Auction Co.
Duo County Telecom
Now Available Through
Your Cable Service!
GUN & PAWN
What's Going On
Info about the
Janice Holt Giles
and Henry Giles Society
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
Why did some early Kentuckians want to leave the U.S.?
By Janene Zaccone
News from the Kentucky Historical Society
Frankfort, Ky. (Thu 29 Sep 2016) - Gen. George Rogers Clark once swore allegiance to France. Kentuckian Gen. James Wilkinson pledged his loyalty to Spain, and, if his efforts to align the region with that country had succeeded, today's Kentuckians might speak Spanish as a first language.
Historian Susan Gaunt Stearns explores whether these men were traitors to their country or people simply reacting to the circumstances of their time in her article "Borderland Diplomacy: Western Elites and the 'Spanish Conspiracy.'" This article is one of six on "Kentucky and the Struggle for the Early American West" in the latest issue of The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, the quarterly journal of Kentucky history.
Circumstances in the Trans-Appalachian West were far different in the first decade of this country's history than they are today, and the region's allegiance to the new government was not assured, Gaunt Stearns notes.
As the nation's frontier, the area, including Kentucky, was far away from the new nation's leaders, both geographically and in their consciousness. The region also was highly contested; groups as diverse as the Anglo-American settlers, Native Americans and the Spanish had vested interests in it, and, as late as 1803, it was not certain that the United States would achieve control of the region.
Gaunt Stearns says that men who sought alliances with other nations were reacting to two primary factors: Spain's closure of the Mississippi River to American trade in 1784 and the government's acceptance of it; and continued unchecked violence in the region. They saw the U.S. government as ineffective in dealing with their problems and sought their own solutions.
"Western loyalty was available to whichever entity could most effectively meet the region's needs for peace and a market," she writes.
Kevin T. Barksdale, associate professor of history at Marshall University, guest edits this special double issue.
Information about subscriptions or online access (via Project MUSE) to the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society is available from KHS.
This story was posted on 2016-09-29 11:56:15
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.
More articles from topic Local History:
Great musical entertainment, 1899: the night Columbia rocked
Query: Zenobia Hurd is searching for ancestors in Crocus area
100 years ago: revivals, sorghum making, and a new church
Chicago writer wants information on Crocus area family history
Thoed in a friendly manner, of course
D. Shuffett to speak at Camp Hobson Wayside Marker ceremony
Mike Watson: Adair Christian Churches convention - 1916
Ol' Dave: Hardships at Breeding nothing compared to Yellowhammer
ACHS High School Class of 1986 Reunion is 16 Sep 2016
Query: When was Porter Waggoner Show at AC Fair?
View even more articles in topic Local History
Click for Info
Bank of Columbia
If You're Thinking of Selling,
Let Us Do the Yelling
Principal Broker & Auctioneer
Burton Real Estate
& Auction Service
Call Us For Appraisals
Click for Listings
On This Site
or Click Here
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
ColumbiaMagazine.com content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.