The United States acquired the Spanish colonies of East and West Florida in 1819 by virtue of the Adams-deOnis Treaty. At the close of the Spanish American War of 1898, the United States and Spain signed a treaty which “abrogated” and "annulled” all prior treaties, including the Adams-deOnis Treaty. This article proposes that having handed over sovereignty of the Florida territory, the United States merely occupies the area as a colonial power, subject to the provisions of the United Nations Charter, which provides for territorial self-determination of colonial peoples.
- treaty research,
- united nations,
- florida statehood,
- spanish american war
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