Welcome to “Pioneer Days in Florida,” a University of Florida project to digitize our manuscripts about frontier life in the Sunshine State during the 1800s.  These first-hand accounts, comprising some of the rarest materials in the collections of  the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History, document the experiences of settlers, soldiers, and travelers who trail-blazed Florida during late colonial times, the wars of Indian Removal, the Civil War, and the Gilded Age.   Like pioneers of the American West, settlers in Florida often faced a harsh and alien environment, a patchwork of forts, ranches, and wilderness.

You can view manuscripts in a number of ways, including as thumbnails, as images that can be magnified, and in a “page-turner” feature that allows you to flip through pages.   The latter works best with a Chrome or Firefox browser.

Don’t know where to start?  Try the “Quick Links” feature on this page.   If you would like additional information on manuscripts, feel free to contact James Cusick, Curator of the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History (jamcusi@uflib.ufl.edu).

This project was funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) at the National Archives.