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An important document relating to Spain’s involvement in the American Revolution.
THE KING OF SPAIN ISSUES A ROYAL PROCLAMATION RAISING TAXES ON HIS AMERICAN SUBJECTS TO FIGHT THE WAR AGAINST GREAT BRITAIN
With this proclamation King Carlos III of Spain increased the taxes on his American subjects to fight the war against England. By 1778, Spain had implemented a covert policy of assisting the American rebels with arms, gunpowder, and much needed capital through subsidies and loans. Spain did not officially declare war on Great Britain until 1779. Spain’s aid to the rebels and her efforts to drive the English from the Mississippi Valley and the Gulf of Mexico were an important factor, which helped contribute to the success of the American Revolution. For further reading on Spain’s involvement in the American Revolution see Spain and the Independence of the United States by Thomas E. Chavez; University of New Mexico Press; 2002.
Folio. Title, verso blank, three pages, final leaf blank. Rear leaf slightly soiled. Watermarked, laid paper. Signed in type by Joseph de Galvez with his manuscript flourish. Very good condition.
Joseph de Gálvez (1720-1787), was an important official who had great political influence on Spain’s colonial policies in the Americas. He is considered one of the main drivers of the Bourbon Reforms.
REAL CEDULA DE S. M. EN QUE SE MANDA, que todos sus Vasallos libres de America contribuyan por una vez, y en calidad de donativo con la cantidad que se expresa, para sostener los gastos de la presente Guerra. ANO 1780. DE ORDEN DE S. M. En la Imprenta de Don Pedro Marin.