Law in East Florida 1783-1821

31 Pages Posted: 24 Dec 2014 Last revised: 31 Dec 2014

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M. C. Mirow

Florida International University (FIU) - College of Law

Date Written: 2015


Using primary sources from the East Florida Papers, this article explores colonial legality in St. Augustine and the Province of East Florida during the second Spanish period from 1783 to 1821. In addition to discussing the promulgation of the Constitution of Cádiz and its effects, the article reaches into legal records dealing with civil and testamentary cases to explore and to describe aspects of private law in this North American Spanish colony. Economic and social relations are revealed in the sources that are rich in legal information concerning slavery, family, religion, trade, and landholding. The article concludes that the sources are worthy of more detailed study that may shed light on these topics and may establish new paths in the historiography of law in North American Spanish colonies.

Note: Reprinted with permission from the American Journal of Legal History.

Keywords: East Florida, colonial law, derecho indiano, private law, Spain, St. Augustine

JEL Classification: K0I, N46

Suggested Citation

Mirow, M. C., Law in East Florida 1783-1821 (2015). 55 Am. J. Legal Hist. 89-118 (2015), Florida International University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-35, Available at SSRN:

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