In 1860 the majority of white Floridians probably assumed that a victory for Republicanism would put in power those who would oppress the South. With the election of Lincoln, many Floridians believed secession the only alternative to northern domination. Others, however, refused to believe it.
Reiger, John F.
"Secession of Florida from the Union - A Minority Decision?,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 46
, Article 7.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol46/iss4/7