Take the 2-minute tour ×
History Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for historians and history buffs. It's 100% free, no registration required.

In 1763, Spain traded Florida to Great Britain in exchange for control of Havana, Cuba, which had been captured by the British during the Seven Years' War. wikipedia

Why did Spain trade Florida to the British in exchange for Havana? Florida is much larger than Havana, and Spain still controlled about 80% of Cuban territory.

share|improve this question
1  
Size isn't everything. –  Pieter Geerkens Mar 14 at 3:53
    
@PieterGeerkens yes I know, I can undestand why the british want florida, but not why Spain trade it. –  Emilio Gort Mar 14 at 3:55
2  
Havana is the best natural harbor in the island of Cuba, which was starting to develop serious agricultural value needing export capability. That was much more valuable to them than a few million acres of swamp. –  Pieter Geerkens Mar 14 at 3:58
1  
I'm from Havana, but now days miami port is one of the bigger port in America, Spain could be developed the same in that time, I thought. Cuba have in the south coast the Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba port, both are good too –  Emilio Gort Mar 14 at 4:02
add comment

2 Answers 2

up vote 3 down vote accepted

The wikipedia page on Havana clarifies

Less than a year after Havana was seized, the Peace of Paris was signed by the three warring powers thus ending the Seven Years' War. The treaty gave Britain Florida in exchange for the city of Havana on the recommendation of the French, who advised that declining the offer could result in Spain losing Mexico and much of the South American mainland to the British.[19] wikipedia

share|improve this answer
    
If you buy that last argument I have some swampland in Florida to sell to you and to that gullible Spanish King. Wait a sec! It was the Spanish who just dumped that wasteland of swamp on the British in exchange for Havana. Who really got the better deal in 1763 terms I wonder? –  Pieter Geerkens Mar 14 at 21:19
    
@pieterGeerkens that is a good question. The things is much deeper that a lot of swampland, for me was more important strategics geograhic points, I think Spain didnt have military capacity to fight with brtiish...etc –  Emilio Gort Mar 15 at 14:47
    
Sorry my english isnt good enough to make a more complex exposition –  Emilio Gort Mar 15 at 14:50
1  
Spain got it right back after the War of Independence anyway. WIN. –  Oldcat Mar 19 at 22:55
add comment

The basic "settlement" of the Seven Years' War (called the French and Indian War in North America) was that Britain would get all of North America east of the Mississippi River. France gave up "East Louisiana" (the territory between the Mississippi and the Thirteen Colonies), while Spain gave up Florida.

In return, France got to "park" the main "Louisiana Territory with Spain (until Napoleon took it back), and Spain got to keep Mexico. Britain gave back Havana to Spain to "round off" the deal.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.