For most of the long American period, Floridians have been deeply concerned with the problem of attracting people to the borders of their state. Though the motivations behind the various efforts to induce migration into the state have changed, ranging from early desires simply to populate uninhabited lands to more modern concerns of tourism and development, the spirit has been remarkably consistent. Indeed, it has only been within the last few years that the “heresy” of imposing legal limits on population growth has been listened to with any degree of toleration. In no other period of Florida’s past, however, have residents of the state attempted to entice settlers southward with a greater sense of urgency and need than in the decades following the Civil War.
Pozzetta, George E.
"Foreigners in Florida: A Study of Immigration Promotion, 1865-1910,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 53:
2, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol53/iss2/5