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William Pope DuVal: Pioneer and State Builder


The life of William Pope DuVal, the first civil governor of the territory of Florida, should be an attractive study for anyone who is interested in the colorful characters of our frontier history. He belongs to the same class of pioneers as Sam Houston of Texas. Frontiersmen of this type not only were among the vanguard as settlers but also remained long in the new settlements as leaders in their development. Hence, a study of DuVal’s life, while interesting for many reasons, is particularly important because it enables us to see a cross section of the history of Florida between 1822 and 1849.

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