In the course of its historical development, Florida has endured shifting and contested lines of demarcation. Few casual observers and likely a large percentage of the recent transplants to the Sunshine State, realize that Florida's borders once extended far beyond the current confines of the state. Many students of history are surprised to learn that Florida once included a significant portion of Louisiana. On the eve of the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase in 2003, scholars were hard pressed to explain to a skeptical public that all of the Bayou State was not a part of the Purchase. Despite President Thomas Jefferson's instructions, his negotiating agents failed to secure the territory situated between the Mississippi and Pearl rivers - the "toe" of Louisiana. It would take a little known armed insurrection, ironically referred to as the West Florida Revolt, to complete the current configuration of Louisiana.
Hyde, Jr., Samuel C.
"Introduction: Setting a Precedent for Regional Revolution: The West Florida Revolt Considered,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 90:
2, Article 3.
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