The fall of Florida – depopulation in the hinterland

Having recently, once again visited the Mission San Luis de Apalachee, this week’s Florida History Podcast which is part of our ongoing Albion Florida series was particularly poignant and sad. It was there, in modern-day Tallahassee that the English committed the atrocities that destroyed La Florida .

In the late 1600’s, St Augustine was arguably as prosperous as any English city in North America including Boston, Philadelphia or New York. This period would represent the apex of Florida’s growth & development prior to the current American era. Following the 1704 English invasion, which was part of Queen Anne’s War, Florida would remain in decline or stagnant until after the American Civil War. The Spanish territory was largely depopulated and the economy collapsed.

We discuss that on this podcast as well, as in last week’s introduction to Queen Anne’s War.

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