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Dominion of British West Florida

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Dominion of British West Florida

Flag of British West Florida
Coat of Arms
Motto: Dieu et mon Droit
God, and my Right
Official languagesEnglish
Organizational structureMonarchy
• Monarch
King Charles III[lower-alpha 1]
• Governor General
Robert, Duke of Florida
• Declared
November 29, 2005[2]
Purported currencyPound Sterling
Time zoneEST

The Dominion of British West Florida is a separatist micronation founded in 2005 "on an eccentric interpretation of actual historic events"[2] and based in the Gulf Coast of the United States. It claims the territory of the 18th-century colony of West Florida, which includes land split between parts of the US states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi,[3] and Florida.

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".[4] 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.


The micronation was founded in November 2005 in order to "reassert Britain's rights" over the region, by an individual identified on the micronation's website only as "Robert VII, Duke of Florida".[5] The website asserts that Duke Robert "inherited the Peerage of the Dominion" in 1969, and "accepted the position of Governor General" in 1994. The micronation has issued cinderella stamps and has minted several base metal coins, produced by Jorge Vidal and issued in denominations based on pre-decimal pounds.[2]

The US received Florida from Spain in 1821 in accordance with the Adams–Onís Treaty, but the founders of the micronation assert that control of the region had actually defaulted to the United Kingdom in 1808, upon the removal from office of King Charles IV of Spain.[5] This interpretation of historic events is not supported by any mainstream historian.[6]

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  1. Charles III does not recognize the Dominion, and has not claimed the throne officially.[1]


  1. "Britain's monarchy", Chiefa Coins, 16 May 2002
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Unrecognised States Numismatic Society". Archived from the original on 2007-02-17. Retrieved 2020-10-21.
  3. Ryan, John; Dunford, George; Sellars, Simon (2006). Micronations. Lonely Planet. p. 139. ISBN 1-74104-730-7. Search this book on
  4. "". Archived from [ the original] Check |url= value (help) on 2020-01-02. Retrieved 2020-10-21. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Dominion of British West Florida". Archived from the original on 2019-12-06. Retrieved 2020-10-21.
  6. Mathson, S and Lorenzen, M.G. (2008). We Won't Be Fooled Again: Teaching Critical Thinking via Evaluation of Hoax and Historical Revisionist Websites in a Library Credit Course. College and Undergraduate Libraries, 15 (1/2): 211-230.

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