Manuel de Montiano letters
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Manuel de Montiano letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Montiano, Manuel de.
Title: Manuel de Montiano letters
Dates: 1737-1741
Extent: (1 volume) 0.1 cubic feet
Identification: MS 0572
Collection materials are in Spanish.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Spanish government sent Don Manuel de Montiano to Florida as acting governor in 1737 in a direct response to British aggressions against the colony. During the 1740 siege on St. Augustine, led by Gen. James Oglethorpe, Montiano defended East Florida and had Fort Matanzas built. He also ordered support and supplies from Havana, Cuba. He served as governor of East Florida until 1749, at which point he left for Panama, where he served as governor, 1749-1751.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a volume containing the letters of Don Manuel de Montiano to Juan de Guemes y Horcasitas, Governor General of Cuba, 1737-1741. They present the Spanish side of the Siege of St. Augustine in 1740. In Spanish, these letters were copied from the originals and certified as true copies by Antonio Alvarez, keeper of the Public Archives in St. Augustine, Florida, before 1843.

Index Terms

Florida--History--Spanish colony, 1565-1763.
Letters (correspondence)
Montiano, Manuel de.
Oglethorpe, James Edward, 1696-1785.
Revilla Gigedo, Juan Francisco Güemes y Horcasitas, conde de, 1682?-1766.
Saint Augustine Expedition, Fla., 1740.
Spain--Foreign relations--Cuba.
Spain--Foreign relations--Great Britain.

Location of Originals

Original letters in the Library of Congress.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Manuel de Montiano letters, MS 572, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of William Brown Hodgson, 1843.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


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