Throughout much of the Spanish era Florida was a poor colony and a recurrent headache for Spain. To be stationed or live in this land was to be far from any civilization. For example: on August 29, 1644, Governor Damian de Vega Castro y Pardo wrote the King that for eight long years no subsidy or financial help [situado had reached the province, and that for more than twenty months not a bit of food had entered through Saint Augustine. Vega warned the King that the city would soon perish of starvation if aid was not forthcoming.
Arnade, Charles W.
"Florida in 1643, As Seen by its Governor,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 34
, Article 7.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol34/iss2/7