That teachers and writers of history must strive for accuracy is a proposition hardly open to debate. Our textbook writers labor under an especially heavy charge to keep us abreast of research which corrects misinterpretations and presents newly discovered facts. They must not call true those myths or fables which once masqueraded as sober fact. No history professor would be likely to adopt a text which presented the cherry tree myth as a true incident in Washington’s life. Yet many textbooks contain explanations which do not conform with the published results of careful research. A case in point is the failure of many writers to be accurate in their discussion of the Adams-Onis Treaty of 1819.
Warren, Harris G.
"Textbook Writers and the Florida "Purchase" Myth,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 41:
4, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol41/iss4/3