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Significant Documents

Significant Documents provide images of historically significant documents from the State Library and Archives of Florida's collections. These documents represent some of the formative events in Florida history and offer an important resource to researchers and students.

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First Spanish Period to Early Statehood

St. Augustine Map, 1589

St.Augustine Map, 1589

St. Augustine Map, 1589 from: Baptista Boazio, Saint Augustine Map, 1589 (Collection M81-21).

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Land Grant from the Upper Creeks, Lower Creeks and Seminoles to Thomas Brown (March 1, 1783)

Land Grant from the Upper Creeks, Lower Creeks and Seminoles to Thomas Brown (March 1, 1783)

On March 1, 1783, several “Kings and Warriors” representing Upper Creek, Lower Creek and Seminole towns affixed their names and family marks to a document granting Thomas Brown substantial territory west of St. Augustine, Florida.

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Spanish Land Grant Claim Survey Map, ca. 1818

Spanish Land Grant Claim Survey Map, ca. 1818

Spanish Land Grant Claim Survey Map, ca. 1818 from: United States Board of Land Commissioners, Confirmed Spanish Land Grant Claims, 1763-1821 (Series S 990, Box 35).

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Territorial Governor DuVal's Message to Legislative Council, 1822

Territorial Governor DuVal's Message to Legislative Council, 1822

Territorial Governor DuVal's Message to Legislative Council, 1822 from: Territorial Legislative Council Unicameral Period Records, 1822-1838 (Series S 876).

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First Act of the Territorial Legislature, 1822

First Act of the Territorial Legislature, 1822

First Act of the Territorial Legislature, 1822 from: Acts of the Territorial Legislature and Acts of the Legislature, 1822-Present (Series S 222).

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H. Lee (Henry Lee IV) to Judge Woodward (Augustus Brevoort Woodward) September 15, 1824

H. Lee (Henry Lee IV) to Judge Woodward (Augustus Brevoort Woodward) September 15, 1824.

H. Lee (Henry Lee IV) to Judge Woodward (Augustus Brevoort Woodward) September 15, 1824 from: Florida Supreme Court case files (Series 49, Wallet 774).

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1826 Leon County Election Return

1826 Leon County Election Return

1826 Leon County Election Return from: Office of Secretary of State, Election Returns by County, 1824-1926 (Series S 21, Box 24, FF 1).

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Letter of Complaint on the Awarding of the Contract to Build Florida’s Second Capitol Building, 1828

Letter of Complaint on the Awarding of the Contract to Build Florida’s Second Capitol Building, 1828

Letter of Complaint on the Awarding of the Contract to Build Florida’s Second Capitol Building, 1828 from: Secretary of State, Territorial and Early Statehood Records, 1821-1878 (Series S 2153).

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Harriet Randolph Letter

Harriet Randolph Letter

Harriet Randolph Letter from: Randolph Family, Papers, 1829-1978 Correspondence Transcribed/Dated (with originals) (Collection M75-86, Box 1, FF3).

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Blunt to Pope Letter

Bluntto Pope Letter

Letter from John Blunt to William S. Pope, May 3, 1833 (From the Pope Family, Papers, ca. 1820-1918, Collection N2007-1, Box 1)

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Daniel H. Wiggins 1838 Diary Entry

Daniel H. Wiggins 1838 Diary Entry

Daniel H. Wiggins 1838 Diary Entry from: Wiggins, Daniel H., Diaries 1816-1834, 1838-1841, 1862 (Collection M89-32, Box 1).

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Act Establishing Florida Statehood

Act Establishing Florida Statehood, 1845

Act Establishing Florida Statehood, 1845 from: An Act For The Admission of the States of Iowa and Florida Into the Union, 1845 (Collection M81-22).

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Petition to Establish the East Florida Seminary in Alachua County

Petition to Establish the East Florida Seminary in Alachua County, 1852

Petition to Establish the East Florida Seminary in Alachua County, 1852 from: Secretary of State, Territorial and Early Statehood Records, 1821-1878 (Series S 2153).

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B.A. Vaughan, T.S. Rogers, and T.B. Goldsby to Governor Thomas Brown

B.A. Vaughan, T.S. Rogers, and T.B. Goldsby to Governor Thomas Brown, February 25, 1853; Governor Thomas Brown to B.A. Vaughan, T.S. Rogers, and T.B. Goldsby, March 9, 1853

B.A. Vaughan, T.S. Rogers, and T.B. Goldsby to Governor Thomas Brown, February 25, 1853; Governor Thomas Brown to B.A. Vaughan, T.S. Rogers, and T.B. Goldsby, March 9, 1853

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Letter Concerning the Outbreak of Hostilities in the Third Seminole War

Letter Concerning the Outbreak of Hostilities in the Third Seminole War, 1856

Letter Concerning the Outbreak of Hostilities in the Third Seminole War, 1856 from: Governor (1853-1857 : Broome), Correspondence, 1853-1857, Box 2, Folder 3, Indian and Military Affairs (Series 777).

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Alachua County Returns for Presidential Election

Alachua County Returns for Presidential Election of 1860

Alachua County Returns for Presidential Election of 1860 from: Office of Secretary of State, Election Returns by County, 1824-1926 (Series S 21).

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