The Spanish Army in North America 1700-1793 (Men-at-Arms) Paperback – 20 Nov 2011
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An informative and highly-illustrated study of the North American Spanish colonial forces in the Eighteenth Century.
About the Author
René Chartrand was born in Montreal and educated in Canada, the United States and the Bahamas. A senior curator with Canada's National Historic Sites for nearly three decades, he is now a freelance writer and historical consultant. He has written numerous articles and books including over 30 Osprey titles. He lives in Gatineau, Quebec, with his wife and two sons.
David Rickman is the exhibits co-ordinator for the state parks system, where his favourite projects are helping to restore and furnish both American Civil War and World War II seacoast fortifications. At other times he is a freelance illustrator specializing in historical and ethnographic subjects. His works are in the collections of the National Park Service, Parks Canada and various other museums and historic sites. The son of a US Navy aviator, David has lived in Japan, grew up in California and now lives in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife, Deborah.
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The Contents are -
P06: The Overseas Army
.Regular colonial troops, 1700-63 - expansion of the overseas regular army, 1763-93; the `Cuera soldiers'; Colonial militias
P15: The Metropolitan Army
.Regiments in North America - 1726-63; 1764-93
P19: Uniforms and Equipment
.Regular colonial troops - 1700-63; 1764-93; The `Cuera soldiers'; Militia units; Metropolitan regiments in North America - 1726-63; 1764-93; Rank distinctions; Arms and accoutrements
P42: Select Bibliography
P44: Plate Commentaries
The Colour Plates -
A: Florida and West Indies c.1730s-1763.
Infantry private, 1738-40; Infantry officer c1740; Artillery gunner c.1755
The two infantrymen are standing talking, clearly showing, their weapons and accoutrements, in blue coats and red waistcoats and cuffs; the gunner, a smaller figure in the background, in red with blue facings, leaning on a howitzer or similar. There is a bit of a parapet behind the figures, indicating that we are standing on the roof of a fortification.
B: The Northern Interior Provinces
Trooper, Cuera cavalry, mid 18th century; Trooper, Cuera cavalry, as 1722 regulations; Trooper, Cuera cavalry, undress uniform, c1780s
The two troopers in `uniform' are wearing the `cuera', a leather jacket reaching down to the knees, having "the shape of a coat without sleeves", made of white leather, with one figure in red and the other in blue underneath; the `undressed' figure is in an orange-brown jacket and trousers. One trooper is mounted in the plate.
C: California and Northwest Coast, 1769-1790s
Officer, Cuera cavalry, undress, 1780; Trooper, Ligera cavalry c.1778-83; Private, Catalonian Volunteer Companies c.1767-94
The three figures are standing about holding various bits of equipment, saddles, cartridge boxes, muskets etc., the cavalry in blue and red, the Catalonian in blue and yellow.
D: Colonial Troops, Louisiana, 1769-1780s
Private, Louisiana Regiment c.1780 in a white uniform; Officer St. Louis militia cavalry, 1779, red uniform with blue waistcoat and facings; Officer, New Orleans militia battalion c.1780, blue coat with red waistcoat and facings.
E: Colonial Troops, Louisiana and Florida, 1769-1780s
Grenadier, Havana Regiment, 1769-86; Drummer, Louisiana Regiment, 1770s-1780s; Private, Louisiana Dragoon company, 1780s.
Blue coats, red facings and waistcoats for the Louisianans, yellow for the Havana Grenadier.
F: Metropolitan Troops, Louisiana and Florida, 1770s-80s - A camp scene, with tents, dog and a female attendant.
First Sergeant, fusilier company, Toledo Regiment, in white coat, blue waistcoat, breeches, etc.; Private, fusilier company, Hibernia Regiment, in red coat and breeches, green cuffs; Grenadier, Rey Regiment, blue coat and breeches, red facings.
G: Metropolitan Troops, Louisiana, Florida and Central America, 1770s-80s.
Private, Espana Regiment; Private, fusilier company, Principe Regiment c.1775-82; Captain, Fijo de Guatemala Regiment. White coats, breeches and waistcoats.
H: Dragoons, Engineers and Artillery 1770s-80s.
Private, Guatemala Dragoons, 1779-82; Officer, Royal Corps of Engineers, c.1770; Gunner, Royal Corps of Artillery
Blue coats and breeches, red cuffs, red waistcoats for #2 & #3, blue for the dragoon.
There are lots of supporting illustrations in monochrome.
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