Diane Boucher


Historians of late eighteenth-century Florida usually distinguish between the British period (1763-1783) and the second Spanish period (1783-1821), a distinction that sometimes obscures the permanence of inhabitants interacting in the region. U.S. historians tend to view Florida history within the context of national politics and the inevitable U.S. acquisition of the territory, a perspective that underplays the importance of the region to frontier and Atlantic world history and minimizes the interpretation that throughout the British and Spanish periods (1763-1821) East Florida was embroiled in regional and Atlantic conflicts. More recently, historians have re-envisioned East Florida history as a sustained struggle for dominance of the frontier among Native Americans, Spanish, British, and U.S. settlers. In East Florida, indigenous and settler communities played a dynamic role in challenging Native American, British, Spanish and U.S. attempts to maintain order along the northeast border of the East Florida frontier.1