East and West Florida

Britain obtained Florida from Spain as part of the Treaty of Paris that ended the Seven Years War in 1764. Imperial officials divided it into two colonies: East Florida, which encompassed modern Florida, and West Florida, which covered what is today southern Alabama and Mississippi. By 1775, the combined population of Scots, transplanted New Englanders, and others, barely reached 5000 (none of the previous Spanish inhabitants remained).

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