In the generation preceding World War I the attention of British investors focused on Latin America, the Far East, British Dominions, and the United States. Florida was not neglected by Britishers during the years from 1880 to 1914. At least 15 Limited companies with an authorized capital over 2.7 million were registered in London in this period to carry on business in the state. A promotional campaign that reached its climax in the 1890’s sought to interest the public in Florida ventures. Army and Navy officers, Members of Parliament, and titled gentry held shares and directorships in many of the enterprises. Only one company, the Florida Orange and Grapefruit Groves, was incorporated after 1900 and it never went to allotment. The Florida Syndicate alone survived the 1914-18 war.
Tischendoff, Alfred P.
"Florida and the British Investor, 1880-1914,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 33:
2, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol33/iss2/6