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1822 Health Law

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Source: Florida Historic Legal Documents

1822 Laws of Florida Territory First Session

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

A PROCLAMATION

AN ORDINANCE

For the preservation of Health in the City of Pensacola

By Major General Andrew Jackson, Governor of the Provinces of the Floridas, exercising the powers of the Captain General, and of the Intendant of the Island of Cuba, over the said Provinces, and of the Governors of said Provinces respectively.

Sec. 1. That every vessel arriving between the 1st day of June, and the last day of October in each year, from any port between the Equator and thirty three degrees of North Latitude, shall be brought to at the Barrancas, or at such other point as the Board of Health may direct, and there perform a quarantine of twenty four hours, at least, and as much longer as the Health officer at Barrancas, or such other point as the Board of Health may direct, and the Board of Health may deem necessary, not to extend forty days.

Sec. 2. That there shall be established a Lazaretto at the Barrancas, or at such point as the Board of Health may direct, for the accommodation of the sick, under such regulations as the Board of Health may from time to time establish; and that until the government of the United States shall establish a public warehouse, at such Lazaretto, the cargoes or such part thereof, as the Health officer or Collector of the Port of Pensacola may deem necessary, shall be stored under the directions of the commanding officer of the troops at Barrancas.

Sec. 3. That the quarantine limits shall be cannon-shot range, or two miles in a direction towards the harbor from Fort St. Carlos de Barrancas, or at such point as the Board of Health may direct, and that any person or persons, belonging to, or having had communication with any vessel or vessels under quarantine, who shall pass those limits without permission, first had and obtained from the Resident Physician or Health officer, shall forfeit and pay a sum not exceeding three hundred dollars, and be imprisoned in the common jail for a term not exceeding six months.

Sec. 4. That for the more effectually guarding against the introduction of disease, there shall be established a Board of Health, which for the present shall consist of an officer to be appointed and called the Resident Physician, and the Mayor and Aldermen of Pensacola (over whom the Resident Physician shall preside) who are by his ordinance authorized to make, and from time to time alter such laws and regulations as they may deem necessary to ensure the health of the city.

Sec. 5. That there shall be a Health officer appointed and stationed at the Barrancas, or at such other point as the Board of Health may direct, whose duty it shall be to board every vessel bound inwards, to see that the provision of this ordinance, and all such regulations as the Board of Health may make, are strictly complied with and report from time to time as occasion may require to the Board of Health.

Sec. 6. That such allowances shall be made to the Resident Physician and Health officer (all their services included) as shall not exceed One Dollar and one half for each person on board of each vessel, to be regulated and determined by the Mayor of Pensacola, who is authorized to receive from every vessel, the cargo of which it may become necessary to land and store, such other and further sums as may be necessary to cover all expenses incident to the same.

Pensacola, 19th July, 1821

ANDREW JACKSON

By the Governor:

R. K. CALL, Acting Secretary West Florida




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