Republic of West Florida – Today In Southern History

23 September 1810 

On this date in 1810…

Florida rebels overran the Spanish garrison at Baton Rouge and unfurled the Bonnie Blue Flag over the new Republic of West Florida.

Other Years:

1561 – King Philip II of Spain prohibited Spanish settlements in Florida.
1861 – Kansas jayhawkers and redlegs of the Kansas Brigade commanded by Sen. James H. Lane sacked the town of Osceola, Missouri and executed nine local citizens.
1806 – The Corps of Discovery’s the Lewis and Clark expedition reached St. Louis, Missouri and ended exploration of to the Pacific Northwest.
1875 – Henry McCarty also known as William “Billy the Kid” Bonney was arrested for the first time in Silver City, New Mexico.
1957 – Protestors forced nine black students who had entered Little Rock’s Central High School in Arkansas to withdraw.
1986 – Jim Deshaies of the Houston Astros sets a major league record by striking out the first eight batters he faces in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
2010 – Murderer Teresa Lewis became the first female inmate to die by lethal injection in the state of Virginia.

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