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Dominion of British West Florida
Micronation
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Coat of Arms
Motto: Dieu et mon Droit
(English: God, and my Right)
Anthem: God Save The Queen of the Dominion of British West Florida
Status Current
Area claimed see map
Membership <20
Date of foundation November 29, 2005[1]
Leadership Acting Governor-General Bo Register
Organisational structure Constitutional monarchy
Language English
Purported currency British West Florida Pound
Capital Pensacola
Time Zone EST

The Dominion of British West Florida is a separatist micronation founded in 2005 "on an eccentric interpretation of actual historic events"[1] and based in the Gulf coast region of the United States. It claims the territory of the 18th century colony of West Florida, which has since been subsumed into the US states of Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.[2]

The Dominion claims to be "striving for Commonwealth status",[3] but it does not exercise any authority over its claimed territory, is not acknowledged by the British Crown, and its activities are largely limited to the internet.

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Regional history

An 1806 map of the British colony of West Florida.

In 1630, Charles I granted the part of North America "from Virginia to Florida and westward to the Great Ocean" to Robert Heath, Attorney General for England and Wales. Known as the Province of Carolina, Charles II reassigned this land to a small group of noblemen in 1663.[4] From 1682 to 1763, the area was part of the French colony of Louisiana. In 1763, as part of the Treaty of Paris, the British gained control of the area. In 1781, Spain entered the Revolutionary War and captured Pensacola. In 1783, control of the region was ceded to Spain by Britain.

In 1810, British loyalists rebelled against the Spanish occupation and declared independence as the Independent Republic of West Florida. This entity existed for 90 days (September 23, 1810 - December 10, 1810), before its founders accepted the validity of U.S. President James Madison's October 27 proclamation annexing parts of West Florida.

Foundation of micronation

The founders of the micronation known as Dominion of British West Florida assert that the US annexation was illegal, because control of the region had actually defaulted to the United Kingdom in 1808, upon the removal from office of King Charles IV of Spain, thus invalidating the Treaty of Paris and the US annexation to which it gave rise.[5] This interpretation of historic events is not currently supported by any mainstream historian.[6]

The Dominion of British West Florida was founded in November 2005 in order to "reassert Britain's rights" over the region, by an individual identified on the micronation's website only as "Robert VII, Duke of Florida"[5] The website confusingly asserts that Duke Robert "inherited the Peerage of the Dominion" in 1969, and "accepted the position of Governor General" in 1994. Since Duke Robert's retirement in 2007, the Acting Governor General has been Bo Register, a computer systems and networking consultant and former member of the US armed services. The micronation has issued cinderella stamps and has minted several base metal coins produced by Jorge Vidal and issued in denominations based on pounds and farthings.[1][3]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Unrecognised States Numismatic Society". http://www.usns.info/coin-britishwestflorida.html. Retrieved 2008-07-31.  
  2. ^ Ryan, John; Dunford, George; Sellars, Simon (2006). Micronations. Lonely Planet. pp. p. 139. ISBN 1741047307. http://books.google.com/books?id=5ZRrwrlIPSYC&pg=PA139&dq=%22Dominion+of+British+West+Florida%22&num=100&sig=YhBcJM7aMT3_lGOnBxpfyobMMOs.  
  3. ^ a b "Cheifa Coins". http://chiefacoins.com/Database/Micro-Nations/Dominion_of_British_West_Florida.htm. Retrieved 2008-07-31.  
  4. ^ "Mississippi History Now". http://mshistory.k12.ms.us/index.php?id=105. Retrieved 2008-07-25.  
  5. ^ a b "Dominion of British West Florida". http://www.dbwf.net. Retrieved 2008-07-25.  
  6. ^ Mathson, S and Lorenzen, M.G. (2008). We Won't Be Fooled Again: Teaching Critical Thinking via Evaluation of Hoax and Historical Revisionist Websites in a Library Credit Course. College and Undergraduate Libraries, 15 (1/2): 211-230.

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