College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Arts in History - Comprehensive (MA)
Anglo-Spanish, Diplomacy, Trade, 18th-Century
Diplomatic History | European History | History
La Jeunesse, Forrest, "Anglo-Spanish Trade and Diplomacy 1712-1742" (2019). Masters Theses. 557.
Between the War of Spanish succession till the war of Austrian succession, the British focus shifted from matters of the European Continent towards that of expanding its trade and its commercial empire. With the securing of an important treaty with France, the British were able to seek trading concessions from the Spanish, through diplomacy or war, in order to gain economic dominance in the West Indies. However, unequal and often conflicting interests between the two nations prevented desired expansion into the West Indies for the British, so they sought to exploit vague treaty terms and obligations in order to conduct a vast illegal trading scheme in the West Indies that only drew the two counties closer to war than that of a negotiated trade and peaceful partnership.