Pensacola came to Great Britain as a part of the cessions of Spain at the close of the Seven Years war. The treaty of Paris which closed that war and incorporated the cession of Pensacola and all of Florida in its provisions was a turning point in the history of the British empire and of North America. The counterpart of the cession of Florida to Britain and the return of Havana to Spain was the cession of eastern Louisiana by France to Britain; and the relative value of the interior of the North American continent as compared with the Caribbean, ‘the American Mediterranean,” is seen in the offer of France to cede western as well as eastern Louisiana to Britain if the latter power would return Havana to Spain.
Howard, Clinton N.
"Colonial Pensacola: The British Period. Part I,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 19:
2, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol19/iss2/4