Florida, in 1836, was little more than a semi-tropical battlefield for United States troops and Seminole Indians. Having only been recently acquired from Spain, the major towns of the territory, by 1836, were St. Augustine, possessing approximately 4,000 inhabitants, and Pensacola with a population of approximately 2,000 persons. The St. Johns was the major river of the territory, and along its shores were located several tiny settlements, including the small river town of Jacksonville.
"The Editor's Corner--James Buckland: The Mystery of an Early Florida Visitor,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 43
, Article 8.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol43/iss3/8