I bought Spain and the Independence of the United States: An Intrinsic Gift by Thomas E. Chavez at the Castille de San Marcos gift shop while I was visiting Saint Augustine, FL earlier this year. Between that visit and a program I watched on Saint Augustine on PBS prior to the trip, I’d developed an interest in Spain’s American colonies. This book didn’t cover that interest, but it truly opened my eyes to Spain’s part in our country’s independence, a role much bigger than I was aware of. Chavez shows us parts of the American Revolution we don’t learn about in History class. He explores how Spain, allied with France, worked to overextend Great Britain, turning Britain’s involvement in America into a wider global conflict, regaining territories lost previously and checking British expansion in the Caribbean and Central America. He introduces us to personalities we don’t learn about in school who played key roles in our independence. There is a so much to learn from this book.
Spain and the Independence of the United States: An Intrinsic Gift is a fascinating and extraordinary book. It’s well written, compelling, and well documented. It isn’t often that you read a book that gives you so much new insight into a topic you think you know a lot about. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in not just the American Revolution but Amercian History in general. The information in this book deserves exposure in at least high school History classes and I’d suggest that this book as required reading in advanced US History courses. It easily rates five stars.