Spanish-Indian Battle

Spanish-Indian Battle (HMF53)

Location: Cordele, GA 31015 Crisp County
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N 31° 57.636', W 83° 54.661'

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Early in 1702 Joseph de Zu?iga, Spanish Governor of Florida, and Pierre le Moyne Iberville, French founder of Louisiana, made plans to check steadily increasing English trade with the Indian tribes in the interior, and perhaps to drive them out of the Southeast. To accomplish this, they agreed to an expedition against the English and their allies, the Creek Indians, in the Carolina territory which is now Georgia.

In August, Governor Zu?iga sent a force northward of more than 800 Spaniards and Apalaches commanded by Captain Francisco Romo de Uriza. Forewarned by the Indians, Anthony Dodsworth and other traders at Coweta (near present Columbus), marshalled about 500 Creek warriors, lured the invaders into an ambush on the Flint River near here and routed them.

An outstanding authority on Southern frontier history, Dr. Verner W. Crane, said that this battle, "?the prelude to Queen Anne's War on the Southern frontier," was in effect "the first blow struck by the English for the control of the Mississippi Valley."
HM NumberHMF53
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number040-9
Year Placed1965
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 8:50pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 224868 N 3539770
Decimal Degrees31.96060000, -83.91101667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 57.636', W 83° 54.661'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 57' 38.16" N, 83° 54' 39.66" W
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Area Code(s)229
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4626 Unnamed Road, Cordele GA 31015, US
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