Published on December 3rd, 2008 02:29 AM
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Florida cracker refers to original colonial-era English and American pioneer settlers of what is now the U.S. state of Florida, and their descendants.
The first Florida crackers arrived in 1763 when Spain traded Florida to Great Britain. (Not exactly true Long before Spain gave up Florida settlers from Georgia had started making settlements along the St johns river making there way south from Cowtown (Jacksonville).
When Naming this site, Rather than saying the First coast (boring and the domain taken by Jacksonville news) I named this area East of the St Johns river The CrackerCoast. This includes the entire 6th congressional district.
The British divided the territory into East Florida and West Florida, and began to aggressively recruit settlers to the area, offering free land and financial backing for export-oriented businesses. The territory passed back to the Spanish crown in 1783, and then to the US government in 1819. Realize that West Florida covered all of what is now Mississippi Alabama Tenn all the way to Canada according to the crude maps of the time. the first true English speaking American settlers were along the St Johns River.