SLAVERY: An Introduction
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In the early years of the nineteenth century many people
came to Spanish Florida. Some, sought to make their fortunes by obtaining
land and establishing plantations. Others were forced to come to Florida
to work on those plantations, their labor enriching the men who owned
them. Some of the enslaved would later become free landowners, struggling
to keep their footing in a dangerous time of shifting alliances and
The United States purchased Florida from Spain in 1821. The
Spanish had relatively liberal policies regarding issues of race, but American
territorial law brought many changes. At a time when many slave holders feared
slave rebellions, oppressive laws were enacted and conditions for Florida's black
population, free and enslaved, deteriorated.
--Kingsley Plantation National Historic Site http://www.gorp.com/gorp/resource/us_nhp/fl_kings.htm
Genweb: General Florida genealogical information.
Listed by County and Workplace
Title Followed by Owner(s). Workplaces with unknown titles are listed as the
owner's name (itallicized, first name in parenthesis).
Plantation: Kingsley, Gibbs
ST. JOHNS CO.
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