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Editor's Preface


In 2002, the Florida Historical Society mark its centenary. Organized on 26 November 1902 and chartered three years later, the Society was the successor to the Historical Society of Florida, formed in 1856. According to its charter, the Society's mission was twofold: "the collection arrangement and preservation of all material pertaining to the history of, or in any manner illustrative of Florida, . .. [and to] prepare, edit and publish articles, sketches, biographies, pamphlets, books and documents, descriptive or illustrative of Florida."1 To fulfill the second objective, the Society initiated the Publication of the Florida Historical Society in April 1908, the predecessor of the Florida Historical Quarterly.