Dr. Eva Botella-Ordinas is a Ramón y Cajal Research Scholar-Associate Professor at Autónoma de Madrid University. She is the author of Obras y relaciones de Ant. Perez. (1999), Diego de Salazar, Tratado de Re Militari (2000), Monarquía de España: Discurso Teológico. 1590-1685 (2006), and of many articles, the last one “Debating Empires, Inventing Empires: British Territorial Claims Against the Spaniards in America, 1670–1714” for the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, Spring/Summer 2010, Vol. 10, No. 1;and she is currently writing a book for Brill Academic Publishers entitled Debating Empires. The Atlantic imperial ideology. Spain and Britain in the Americas, 1660s-1730s. firstname.lastname@example.org
“From the Spanish Empire to the British Nation. 1670s-1780s disputes over Florida-Georgia.”
From the 1670s until 1821 Florida was a contested land. The main dispute lasted a long century. From the 1670s to the 1780s the Spanish-British colonial debates relating to ownership and claims of dominion in the Americas helped to both forge and modify British and Spanish imperial ideologies. The case study of this dispute over Florida-Georgia is particularly interesting, as it engaged directly many members of the British Privy Council and of the Royal Society. These men shaped British imperial ideology and
the Enlightenment while defended their particular landed and commercial interests in the area and beyond. The project seeks to analyze first, to what extent the creation of a British imperial enlightened ideology opposed to a supposed backward and dark Spanish empire is related to British-Spanish imperial claims over the same lands by some particular actors; second, attending to the actors and their networks, to understand whether this imperial ideology was forged by an international elite, and then widespread, also in Spain; third, the connections between the civilization stages´ theory and the juridical claims of tutelage of pretended underdeveloped societies–with a status of minority and/or femininity—and if they were applied to the quarrel for these contested lands; and fourth, to understand the process by which this imperial ideology colonized also the metropolis creating a concept of “nation” which would help to support the interests of this elite.