The constitution of 1838-1839, formulated by representative delegates and adopted at the polls, represented the dominant will of the people of the Territory of Florida in emerging from a status of territorial dependence upon the Federal government into that of a sovereign State subject only to the Federal constitution.
"Florida’s First Constitution,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 17
, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol17/iss2/3