The publication of this series of papers, comprising the correspondence of Lieut. Col. Thomas A. Smith, commander of the detachment of United States regulars that invaded Spanish East Florida in March, 1812, began in the July, 1930, issue of the QUARTERLY. This should be consulted for an explanation as to why the American troops invaded the Spanish province, and also for the details concerning the discovery of these important Florida records.
Davis, T. Frederick
"United States Troops in Spanish East Florida, 1812-13 Part II,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 9
, Article 8.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol9/iss2/8