By Alejandro de Quesada
To keep up its imperial strength in the US, Spain equipped fortifications around the width of the continent. those outposts have been demonstrated alongside Spanish borders from the past due 16th century onwards to protect its pursuits opposed to rival ecu powers and to suppress uprisings of the local american citizens and native inhabitants. by means of the eighteenth century, Spain's defenses unfold from the northern sector of the Gulf of Mexico via to California. a few of these imperial fortifications, equivalent to the Alamo, performed key roles in conflicts together with the yankee Revolution and the Texan battle of Independence. This e-book offers a cogent research of Spain's protective community on the top of the country's imperial power at the American continent.
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In December 1790, Pedro Huizar was commissioned to draw plans for the reconstruction of the presidio and the improvement of its defenses, but the plans were not acted upon. The Second Flying Company of San Carlos de Parras (Alamo de Parras) was sent to reinforce the presidio in 1803. In 1805, Manuel Antonio Cordero, making use of the discretionary powers granted him as governor, began the construction of a stockade along the northern and northeastern limits of the city and planned to build permanent quarters for the II PRESIDIO DE TUBAC, 1755 Spanish colonists started to colonize the area in the 1730s; in 1751 the Pimas, led by Luis of Sa ric, led an uprising against the Spanish and the settlement at Tubac was destroyed.
The major of the garrison, immediately after the signal of alarm or attack, will call around at each post of the city, beginning with Fort St John and others, including Fort St Louis, to verify if everything is in order in each, reporting to the general, through an orderly, all news and errors which he may discover. Today, the remnants of the defenses of New Orleans exist only in street names such as Plaza de Armas, Esplanade Avenue, North Rampart Street, and Barracks Street. The only standing colonial-era fort that protected the Lake Pontchartrain entrance of Bayou Saint John was erected by the French in 1701, before the founding of the ciry of New Orleans.
In 1779, to avoid flooding, Spanish Commandant Balthazar de Villiers moved the post back to Ecores Rouges. At first, his new post did not even have a real fort, but fighting between A reconstructed section of the Spanish fort at Arkansas Post (Author) 40 the British, Spanish, and various Indian groups resulting from the American Revolution made local French settlers fear a Chickasaw attack. The settlers insisted on bnilding a fort where they conld seek protection. Villiers named the four-bastioned stockade fortification Fort Carlos III, after his king.