The North American peace settlement of 1783 confirmed the Spanish in their reconquest of Pensacola and returned His Catholic Majesty’s banner to the bastions of the Castillo de San Marcos at St. Augustine; however, it did not end - but rather intensified - the struggle for the allegiance and trade of the 45,000 Indians on the Florida frontier. A new and dynamic United States, surging to the Mississippi, and from its Bahamas outpost a covetous England, intrigued with the savages to turn the Spanish out, and failing that, to divert to their own nationals and treasuries a part at least of the considerable trade of the Creek and Cherokee - and to a lesser extent - Choctaw and Chickasaw Indian nations.
Brown, J. A.
"Panton, Leslie, and Company, Indian Traders of Pensacola and St. Augustine,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 37
, Article 8.
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