This two-volume work was the first study in the series and now back in print. The purpose of these books is to study how the Spanish army and navy had worked during the American Revolutionary period to defeat the English and thereby support the fledgling English colonies in their fight for independence. Spain officially entered the war in 1779 although aid had been extended to the colonies and the continental army before that through private sources. Many descendants of Spanish citizens in the borderlands who had contributed money and/or served as soldiers and sailors were not recognized by the National Revolutionary War hereditary societies, these works make the case (with extensive research) why patriotic organizations should accept descendants of these Spanish participants as members. Midway City, CA, 1998 1st Ed., 2nd Pr., 344 Total Pgs.