On the morning of July 17, 1821, the inhabitants of Pensacola gathered around the town’s public square to witness the ceremony marking the transfer of the Floridas from Spanish to American control. Among the new American residents in the crowd was Cary Nicholas, a thirty-four-year-old transplanted Kentuckian who, like so many others, saw in the territory the prospect for a new start in a life too full of disappointments and failures.
"A Second Chance: Cary Nicholas and Frontier Florida,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 64
, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol64/iss2/3