The governors of Florida from the founding of St. Augustine in 1565 to the evacuation in 1763 were continually faced with food shortage, even with starvation; for St. Augustine knew hunger pangs many times, when ships bringing supplies to the Presidio were wrecked, were captured by pirates, or in some years failed to be sent from Mexico with the flour ordered furnished to Florida by the king’s command. So of much interest are the records of a project, covering the years 1645 to 1657, for a wheat farm (trigo hacienda) the result of the determination of Governor Salazar (who may or may not have been hungry himself) to grapple with this recurring food problem.1 A summary of the project is contained in a letter dated at St. Augustine, October 8, 1657 2 and in certain other records cited.
Lawson, Katherine S.
"Governor Salazar’s Wheat Farm Project, 1645-1657,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 24:
3, Article 4.
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