Dominion of British West Florida

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Dominion of British West Florida
Self-proclaimed British commonwealth

Flag of British West Florida.pngBWF fullarms.gif

Dieu et mon droit
(French: God and my right)
God Save the Queen
West Florida Map 1767.jpeg British West Florida in 1767
Official language(s)English
Short nameBritish West Florida
- MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
Established29 November 2005

The Dominion of British West Florida is a separatist micronation founded in 2005 "on an eccentric interpretation of actual historic events" and based in the Gulf coast region of the United States. It claims the territory of the 18th-century colony of West Florida, which has since been subsumed into the US states of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

The Dominion claims to be "striving for Dominion Status as a Commonwealth Realm, on a par with Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and The Bahamas." The organization is neither acknowledged by any government nor exercises any authority over its claimed territory, and its activities are largely limited to the internet.

Claim to sovereignty

The claim of the right to sovereignty is based on a complicated chain of historical events:

  • The Treaty of Versailles of 1783 granted the Territory of Florida (The British colonies of East and West Florida) to the Spanish King, who was deposed by Napoleon, leaving no rightful successor to claim the territory.
  • The Treaty of Transfer of Florida to France signed by the Spanish prohibited Third party transfer of the Territory [1] and the territory claimed by the Dominion of British West Florida was not included in the transfer.
  • The annexation of West Florida by Presidential Proclamation, without the usual and required Congressional and Territory actions, was invalid under the United States Constitution, and international law.

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