The known facts about William Bunce can be stated briefly. He was a sea captain from Baltimore, who engaged in the mercantile business at Key West from August, 1824, until 1829. In 1832 he was listed as a customs inspector in the Key West District. 3 In the same year he commanded the small sloop Associate, out of Key West, in which George W. Murray, W. R. Hackley, and P. B. Prior visited Carlos bay and Charlotte Harbor to locate a site for a settlement on the Allagon Grant. Bunce’s activities on the coast of southwest Florida naturally made him familiar with the Spanish fisheries of that region.
"Captain Bunce’s Tampa Bay Fisheries,"
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