Robert L. Gold


England acquired legal and sovereign control of Spanish Florida on February 10, 1763. After more than a century of imperialistic adventures, which had assumed the form of invasions and guerrilla penetrations from her colonies to the north, Great Britain wrested Florida from Spain’s grip at the Paris peace conferences following the French and Indian War. Because the British had successfully assaulted Havana in the summer of 1762, the Spanish negotiators reluctantly bartered Florida away in order to retrieve their great treasure terminal of the Indies. Less than four months of diplomacy were required to arrange the end of almost two hundred years of Spanish colonial rule in Tierra Florida.