In the year 1803, when public attention was directed to the question of our right of deposit at New Orleans, the United States House of Representatives appointed a committee to report upon certain matters, including the advisability of annexing Spanish East and West Florida to the United States. The report of this committee concluded: “If we look forward to the free use of the Mississippi, the Mobile, the Apalachicola, and the other rivers of the west, by ourselves and our posterity, New-Orleans and the Floridas must become a part of the U. States, either by purchase or by conquest.” This was notice to Spain of our future policy towards her -and this policy never varied until the accomplishment of the desired end through a series of events that were sometimes tainted with injustice to Spain.
Davis, T. Frederick
"The Alagon, Punon Rostro, and Vargas Grants,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 25
, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol25/iss2/4