R. F. A. Fabel


George Johnstone was the first governor of British West Florida. His activities from his arrival at Pensacola in October 1764, to his departure in January 1767, have inspired detailed by narrow description. What nobody has sufficiently considered are the reasons for his appointment as governor and the circumstances surrounding the loss of this office. These omissions are worthy of examination. It is surprising that a junior naval officer with a spotty record should have been selected for one of the more lucrative colonial governorships. Even more astonishing is that a man who proved to be the most vigorous and possibly the most intelligent governor that British West Florida ever had, should have lost his office after less than three years.