From 1763 to the 1840s, Florida was repeatedly tossed and traded among the British, Spanish, and American empires, as all sorts of adventurers — from Greek and Turkish indentured workers, to Scottish speculators, to Seminole warriors, to West African widows, to British Army deserters, to Mexican pirates, to “Cracker” cattle-herders — attempted to establish themselves and exploit the subtropical landscape. Under American rule, two societies take shape in the Florida Territory — one of cotton plantations and the other of backcountry homesteads — and come to loggerheads over questions of development and ultimately, the idea of statehood.
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