7 December 2015
[FLORIDAS.] CHESTER, Samuel. Partly printed document signed. 1 September 1772. 1 page, oblong folio.
AN EARLY FLORIDA DOCUMENT, appointing of Elias Durnford a surveyor for West-Florida. Documents regarding Britain's Florida colonies are rare. Spain ceded the lands which became British East Florida and British West Florida as part of the settlement of the French and Indian War. In return the Spaniards gained Havana, and most of the Spanish settlers relocated from Florida to Cuba. Economic and political development thrived in the new British colonies, as new communities were laid out and new roads and towns established. But little of the documentation of that development in the pre-Revolutionary war period survives.
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