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A large portion of the Floridano population left, taking along most of the remaining indigenous population to Cuba. Johns River at a narrow point called Wacca Pilatka, or the British name "Cow Ford", ostensibly reflecting the fact that cattle were brought across the river there.
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.
Florida attracted numerous Africans and African Americans from adjacent British colonies who sought freedom from slavery.Florida was the first region of the continental United States to be visited and settled by Europeans.The earliest known European explorers came with the Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León.Ponce de León spotted and landed on the peninsula on April 2, 1513. In May 1539, Conquistador Hernando de Soto skirted the coast of Florida, searching for a deep harbor to land.He described seeing a thick wall of red mangroves spread mile after mile, some reaching as high as 70 feet (21 m), with intertwined and elevated roots making landing difficult.