King Miguel is defeated faster, that's good. But its still important to avoid the political instability of the following decades.“We will return to that. But speaking of Mediterranean powers, how goes the war in Portugal?”
“Prince Miguel has suffered a defeat and retreated into the Algarve,” said Palmerston. “The government of Spain is sympathetic, but quite preoccupied with Cuba and New Spain. To say nothing of Haiti — the only people they have left fighting for them in Hispaniola are a few mad Americans, a few local Spaniards and a lot of islanders from the East Indies who by all accounts want to go home.”
“Then they have no plans to assist Miguel in his claims?”
“No. Barring a miracle, I estimate that his cause won’t see another summer.”
Grey nodded. Supporting the rebels had been a gamble — one that might possibly have cost Britain an ally had they lost. Instead, their alliance would only grow stronger. That was to the good.