No section of the Territory of Florida suffered more than the east coast as a result of Indian deprecations during the Seminole War. The flourishing sugar plantations of the Halifax country were reduced to charred ruins, the tiny port of New Smyrna was entirely deserted, and the infant citrus industry suffered a staggering setback just as it was beginning to show signs of prosperity. After seven years of fighting, many Floridians gravely doubted the truth of General William Worth’s pontifical pronouncement that the Seminole conflict would be “officially” terminated on August 12, 1842. The settlers were alarmed at the naivete of the War Department’s assumption that the remainder of the Indians would emigrate to Arkansas peacefully, and they anticipated a new Seminole outbreak if emigration was attempted by force.
Cushman, Jr., Joseph D.
"The Indian River Settlement: 1842-1849,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 43
, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol43/iss1/4