Fourteenth Colony: The Forgotten Story of the Gulf South During America's Revolutionary Era

November 25, 2020
Fourteenth Colony: The Forgotten Story of the Gulf South During America's Revolutionary Era

The British colony of West Florida—which once stretched from themighty Mississippi to the shallow bends of the Apalachicola andportions of what are now the states of Florida, Alabama,Mississippi, and Louisiana—is the forgotten fourteenth colony ofAmerica's Revolutionary era. The colony's eventful years as a partof the British Empire form an important and compelling interlude inGulf Coast history that has for too long been overlooked. For ahost of reasons, including the fact that West Florida did not rebelagainst the British Government, the colony has long been dismissedas a loyal but inconsequential fringe outpost, if considered atall. But the colony's history showcases a tumultuous politicalscene featuring a halting attempt at instituting representativegovernment; a host of bold and colorful characters; a compellingsaga of struggle and perseverance in the pursuit of financialstability; and a dramatic series of battles on land and water whichbrought about the end of its days under the Union Jack. InFourteenth Colony, historian Mike Bunn offers the firstcomprehensive history of the colony, introducing readers to theGulf Coast's remarkable British period and putting West Floridaback in its rightful place on the map of Colonial America.