Printing came to Florida not as a result of natural expansion with a gradually increasing necessity for a press, nor for the purpose of Christianizing the Indians as was the case in some other areas; printing was introduced there as a result of war conditions outside the province. Florida had passed from Spanish to English hands in 1763 and had remained true to England throughout the Revolution, offering a haven for Tory refugees from the colonies to the north. In 1782 there was a great influx of loyalist Georgians, and later in the year, with the withdrawal of British troops from Charleston, refugees from South Carolina also came to Florida.
McMurtrie, Douglas C.
"The Beginnings of Printing in Florida,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 23
, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol23/iss2/3