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Under the terms of the Treaty of Paris in 1763 the territorial holdings of Great Britain were increased in several areas of North America; among them was the province of West Florida. It was, however, shortly after what Lawrence Henry Gipson chooses to call "The Great War for the Empire" that the English colonials in the eastern section of North America began to agitate against what they considered to be repressive British economic measures. The familiar story of these events which led to the American Revolution has been written with varying interpretations by scholarly historians. These narratives, almost without exception, center around the activities of the original thirteen colonies. But it is well to remember that there were other British colonies in North America prior to the American Revolution. One of these was the new province of West Florida whose territory once included parts of the present states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. No historian, as far as the author can determine, has presented a story of British trade in that frontier possession. It is, then, the writer's opinion that the economic history of West Florida should be considered in order to discern the nature of the commerce which developed and its relation to the larger picture of the American conflict.

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William Miner Dabney

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George Winston Smith



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