By James M. Denham
The pervasive impression of the frontier is prime to an figuring out of antebellum Florida. James M. Denham lines the expansion and social improvement of this carefully settled area via its adventure with crime and punishment. utilizing court docket files, executive files, newspapers, and private papers, Denham explores how crime affected usual Floridians - whites and blacks, perpetrators, sufferers, and enforcers. He contends that even supposing the frontier decided the enforcement and management of the legislations, the ethic of honor ruled human relationships. even though indictments for crimes opposed to people have been way more widespread than these for crimes opposed to estate, the punishment for the latter was once extra serious (except for homicide) simply because such crimes violated the South's adored code of honor. A sparse, rural agricultural inhabitants valued a private integrity that integrated a robust feel of financial morality. Honesty and truthfulness have been qualities not just wanted yet demanded. Stealing was once a contravention of that belief and bought society's sternest punishment.
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By the 1850s the port cities of Pensacola, Apalachicola, Jacksonville, Key West, and Tampa served as entry points for ships from the United States and the world. Because of its extended coastline, Florida received large numbers of immigrants and interlopers from the West Indies. Florida's close proximity to Spain's Latin American colonies encouraged trade with the Caribbean. Newspapers, court records, and accounts of local inhabitants in Florida's southern ports indicate that inhabitants of Spain's Caribbean colonies lived in Florida at least part of the year.
Whether Floridians traveled by foot, horseback, wagons, or boats, their culture was a culture of mobility: farmers transported goods to towns or herded livestock through the woods; immigrants traversed through vast tracts of territory searching for fertile homesteads; military personnel moved from frontier outpost to outpost, policing the Indian boundary and regulating white-red contacts. Stage routes tied inland communities to river, Gulf, and sea ports. By the 1850s passenger and freight traffic operated in full swing on the Apalachicola and St.
9 A basic familiarity with the ethnic and cultural makeup of those who inhabited Florida is necessary if we are to assess the state's crime and law enforcement history. Today's "natives" of Florida often deplore the fact that everybody in Florida comes from somewhere else. Yet, given Spain's general policy of restricting American immigration, this circumstance was also literally the case in Florida's antebellum years. Before 1821 the region was almost entirely free of Anglo-American influence.
A rogue's paradise: crime and punishment in Antebellum Florida, 1821-1861 by James M. Denham