Any well-rounded history of a country or of a section must include an account of the habits, customs and pastimes of its people in each generation. For Florida, not much has been told of these during our pioneer period from 1821, when it became a possession of the United States, to its admission to statehood in 1845. The human side of life in that period was recorded mostly in the minds of the old inhabitants, and when that generation passed the records were gone too. Every bit of authentic information relating to this period such as diaries and contemporaneous letters, should be deposited in a safe place, such as the Florida Historical Society’s library, together they would make a collection from which the historian could construct at least a limited view of life in those days.
Davis, T. Frederick
"Pioneer Florida: The Pad-Guad at Pensacola, 1830,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 23
, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol23/iss4/6