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It was part of a large expansion of British territory following their victory in the Seven Years' War.

A large portion of the Floridano population left, taking along most of the remaining indigenous population to Cuba. Johns River at a narrow point, which the Seminole called Wacca Pilatka and the British named "Cow Ford", both names ostensibly reflecting the fact that cattle were brought across the river there.

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In 1559, Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano established a settlement at present-day Pensacola, making it the first attempted settlement in Florida, but it was mostly abandoned by 1561. Augustine (San Agustín) was established under the leadership of admiral and governor Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, creating what would become the oldest European settlement in the continental U. and establishing the first generation of Floridanos and the government of Florida.

Much of the state is at or near sea level and is characterized by sedimentary soil. Florida is one of only two states that has a tropical climate, the other one is Hawaii and is the only continental U. It was a principal location of the Seminole Wars against the Native Americans, and racial segregation after the American Civil War.

The British soon constructed the King's Road connecting St. The British government gave land grants to officers and soldiers who had fought in the French and Indian War in order to encourage settlement.

In order to induce settlers to move to Florida, reports of its natural wealth were published in England.

The geographical area of Florida diminished with the establishment of English settlements to the north and French claims to the west. Augustine, burning the city and its cathedral to the ground several times.

Spain built the Castillo de San Marcos in 1672 and Fort Matanzas in 1742 to defend Florida's capital city from attacks, and to maintain its strategic position in the defense of the Captaincy General of Cuba and the Spanish West Indies.

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