Fromajadas and Indigo: The Minorcan Colony in Florida

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With great anticipation, more than twelve hundred settlers—the majority from the Mediterranean island of Minorca—arrived on the eastern shore of Florida, south of St. Augustine, in 1768 to begin a new life at the colony of New Smyrna. Despite the initial successes of the colony, political strife and inadequate financing steered the colonists into dire straights. Fleeing the miserable living conditions and ruthless maltreatment of colony overseers, the colonists eventually sought refuge in St. Augustine, where the governor granted them asylum in 1777. For more than two hundred years the descendants of the surviving colonists have formed a resourceful and talented portion of St. Augustine's population. From the six hundred plus that made the walk from New Smyrna, there are now over fifteen thousand descendants living in the St. Augustine area today. This book reveals the history of these fascinating people for the first time.
ISBN: 9781596291133
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Florida
Images: 11
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.375 (h)
Kenneth Beeson was a direct descendant of the original Minorcan colonists. This book is considered the first serious study of the Minorcan colonists and their history in St. Augustine. Along with Clarissa Anderson Gibbs, Beeson was the co-founder of the Minorcan Cultural Society in the 1980s. The society's mission is to preserve Minorcan culture and heritage.
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