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Chapter 40:

Virginia comes to the aid of Massachusetts.—Hiillsbo-rough's Administration of the Colonies continued.


March—May, 1769.

the decision of the King of Spain had been
Chap. XL.} 1769. March
hastened by tidings of the rebellion in New Orleans, which engaged the most earnest attention of his Council.1 The Cabinet, with but one dissentient, agreed that Louisiana must be retained, as a granary for Havana and Port Rico, a precaution against the contraband trade of France, and a barrier to keep off English encroachments by the indisputable line of a great river.

‘Still more,’ said the Duke of Alba, ‘the world and especially America must see that the King can and will crush even an intention of disrespect.’ ‘If France should recover Louisiana,’ said Masones de Lima, ‘she would annex it to the English Colonies, or would establish its independence.’2 ‘A republic in Louisiana,’ such was D'Aranda's carefully prepared opinion, ‘would be independent of the European powers, who would all cultivate her friendship and support her existence. ’

1 Grimaldi to Fuentes in Gayarre.

2 Gayarreas Louisiana, III. 248, 249.

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