The Spanish Model 1757 musket was the standard Spanish infantry firearm during the Seven Years’ War and the American Revolution. In June 1779, Spain formally declared war on Great Britain, creating a de facto alliance with the Americans and expanding the global reach of the Revolution. Spain supplied these muskets and other military stores to the United States through agents in New Orleans. The Spanish Model 1757 musket in the Institute’s collections was captured by British forces in November 1781 during the long Siege of Gibraltar. Historical Programs Manager Andrew Outten discusses this musket, its provenance and what it reveals of the global nature of the Revolutionary War.
Spanish Model 1757 Flintlock Musket
June 22, 2022