After much research on the subject, this writer believes that no person worked with more devotion and energy for the introduction of tropical agricultural plants into the United States in the second quarter of the nineteenth century than did Dr. Henry Perrine. His was the foremost pioneering in agriculture for the development of the newly-acquired Territory of Florida. Perrine’s work came when a need was felt for new crops to diversify and bolster the agriculture of the South before effective assistance was given the states and before the Federal Congress had bureaucratized this work in 1839 with its first appropriation of $1000 for agricultural purposes.
"Dr. Henry Perrine, Tropical Plant Enthusiast,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 27:
2, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol27/iss2/3