Florida’s colonial history is mainly that of an intermittent struggle for possession by the three great European nations-Spain, France, and Great Britain. Though efforts were made at colonization, none were really successful except the fair beginning of the English in East Florida; the beginning in the West was in those parts only nominally and temporarily Florida. The purpose of Spain’s two hundred years of sovereignty was to keep the others out, and that was the reason for St. Augustine and Pensacola-two oases in a wilderness.
Society, Florida Historical
"The Triangular Contest for Florida,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 21
, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol21/iss3/6