This series of plantation documents will be continued through several numbers of the QUARTERLY. Taken singly, some of these may seem to be of slight interest and of no value to the recording of Florida’s history; but they have been selected to give a view of plantation life and conditions and practice from as many different directions as possible, and it is believed that together they picture at least an outline of what a typical Middle Florida plantation was before the War. Portions of the journals of the overseers, their letters to the owner, and extracts literatim from the other records of the plantation and its mill will follow: day after day the numbers, and frequently the names, of the hands in the field and at each of numerous and widely different tasks-births and deaths of the slaves, sickness, weather, crops, disasters.
Abbey, Kathryn A.
"Documents Relating to El Destino and Chemonie Plantations, Middle Florida, 1828-1868. Part I,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 7:
3, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol7/iss3/4