In 1778, the very recent Spanish Islenos' militia/colonists families of Louisiana from the Canary Islands, in their small regiment with a few french, creole, Americans and Indians, under General B. Galvez for King Carlos of Spain, attacked and totally defeated the British in their english military forts in Natchez, Miss., Baton Rouge, La., New Orleans LA., Mobile, Ala., and Pensacola, Fl., in the American Revoltionary war. These were the ONLY British defeats, on the now American mainland, during the American Revoltionary War, outside the original 13 colonies.!!!
Shortly after the War, Louisiana became part of the United States of America, by the Louisiana Purchase. When the British tried to take back the U.S.A. again, in 1812, their major plans to take the our country, by way of the Battle of New Orleans were totally spoiled, for the most part of the previous Islenos' victory.
Had the Islenos'/Canary Island Colonists not run the British out of the Spanish Louisiana Gulf Coast 34 years earlier, (in conjuncture with their American friends in the A.R.W.), the British fortifications on the then Spanish Gulf Coast would have been intact, in 1812, and probably much more fortified.
Having that great advantage the British would have easily conquered the U.S.A., by dividing and conquering our land, by coming up the Missippippi River, and ending our great Nation. That is why the D.A.R. & S.A.R. recognize the Islenos as a member of the American Revoltionary War.
Sadly most of the U.S.A. does not know about these simple Spanish farmers, (much less taught) who sacrificed their own lives to make our America free today.!!!
In great graditude to the Baton Rouge area Islenos' for their help in securing the American Nation, they were allotted by the E.B.R. Americans of Louisiana, the 1st Subdivision in Baton Rouge, now called "Spanish Town". It was next to John Christian Buhler's property, where the Governor's Mansion is today. The Spanish King Carlos had them "living" in a horrible floodplain of the Amite River, around what is now close to Galvez. Baton Rougeans saw no need for their Heros to live like that.
It is thought that the Louisiana or the U.S. Government should put this neighborhood on the National Register. If more Louisianians of Islenos' descent knew that they were not "Spanish-Cajuns", but were their own distinct ethnic group, we would all have a richer celebration of our mutual American heritage.