This is a better title for a story of the disturbance that occurred in Florida in 1812 than the one usually given to it, viz: The Patriot War. The so-called patriots were nearly all citizens of the United States from Georgia and Tennessee. They were supported by soldiers and gunboats of the United States. They were under the orders of an agent of the United States and were financed, by the United States. That the events did not provoke a real war between Spain and this country is only explained by the fact that Spain had been drained of men and money by Napoleon and was then fighting to rid herself of a Bonaparte ruler.
Phinney, A. H.
"The First Spanish-American War,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 4
, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol4/iss3/6