Announcement: Papers of Andrew Jackson Webinar: Dr. John Paul Nuño, “Confessions of a Borderlands Confidence Man: Assessing William Augustus Bowles’s Legacy” (October 25)

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The Papers of Andrew Jackson project is pleased to announce that the first webinar of our 2021-2022 series is scheduled for Monday, October 25, 4-5pm (eastern). Dr. John Paul Nuño will give a presentation entitled: “Confessions of a Borderlands Confidence Man: Assessing William Augustus Bowles’s Legacy.” To preregister for this webinar, please visit:

The adventurer William Augustus Bowles looms large in the study of the Florida Borderlands and is the subject of numerous articles and a couple of monographs. Between the years 1788-1803, he futilely attempted to seize territory in the Southeast to create a Muscogee Nation-State, with himself as its head. This presentation explores how Bowles’s use of narrative and manipulation of the media, especially during his 1790 mission to London, was responsible for his oversized legacy and historiographical ubiquity.

Dr. John Paul Nuño was born and raised in the Central Valley of California. As a second generation Mexican American, he developed an interest in border themes and issues. After completing his B.A. in History from California State University, Fresno, he was accepted in one of first Borderlands History doctoral programs in the country at the University of Texas at El Paso. After graduating in 2010, he was hired in the Department of History at California State University, Northridge. At CSUN, Dr. Nuño teaches courses in American Indian History, Borderlands History, and Colonial America. In 2015, he published an article titled, “‘República de Bandidos’: The Prospect Bluff Fort’s Challenge to the Spanish Slave System” which won the Florida Historical Quarterly’s Arthur W. Thompson Award for most outstanding article. In 2019, he published an article in Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal titled, “‘We are a people to ourself’: Florida’s Native Borderlands During the Mikasuki-Spanish War, 1799-1803.” In addition, he was a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress where he conducted research for his manuscript tentatively titled, “The Wild Ones: Contesting and Negotiating Power in the Florida Borderlands, 1763-1842.” 

If you have any questions, please contact PAJ director Dr. Michael E. Woods at