In October 1817 a mariner's mistake at the entrance of the St. Johns River and a subsequent mishap proved fortuitous in preserving a rare glimpse of plantation life in Spanish East Florida in a time of turmoil. Documents describing these events reveal details regarding the humiliating dispossession of Spanish authority on Amelia Island and its town of Fernandina, first by filibusters led by Gregor McGregor and later by rogues headed by the pirate Luis Aury.
Doyle, Patrick W.
"Uninvited Guests: A Night at Cedar Point Plantation,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 89:
3, Article 6.
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