East Florida was ill at ease on receiving, in the spring of 1783, news of the retrocession of the province to Spain. The necessity of abandoning homes in a land to which government and people alike were attached, together with the uncertainties, vexations, and difficulties of finding new homes elsewhere presented to all a dark picture of the future. In the midst of these apprehensions some of the settlers at least were troubled by the depredations of a group of lawless men whom Governor Patrick Tonyn described as banditti.
Lockey, Joseph B.
"The Florida Banditti, 1783,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 24:
2, Article 3.
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