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k19 SPANISH KING GAVE AMERICAN A PIECE OF FLORIDA By HAMPTON DUNN FORT GEORGE ISLAND -Don Juan McQueen had a lust for land. A Philadelphian by birth, he became prominent during the Revolutionary War through his friendship with big names like Washington an d Jefferson and Lafayette. McQueen started buying vast property in South Carolina and Georgia, finally became "land poor" and his creditors took back heir land and chased McQueen down to Spanish owned Florida. There he cuddled up to the administration, wh ich de sired friendly contacts with American big wigs. So it was in 1791 that the King of Spain bestowed on McQueen Fort George Island at the mouth of St. Johns River. His Majesty also gave the American the fancy title of "Captain of Militia and Com mandan t of the St. Johns and St. Marys." The new Floridian built some tabby houses on the island, and his own residence (photo, foreground), which later became the property of another colorful figure, Zephaniah Kingsley who housed his African princess in the Mc Queen House. McQueen's family remained in Georgia and he was lonely on the island. Besides that his agricultural pursuits were failures due to bad weather. Finally, in 1904, McQueen sold the island and another large plantation at Ortega to John Houston Mc Intosh for $28,000. The McQueen house, built of tabby brick and with a second story of wood, is regarded as the oldest habitable house in Duval County today, according to Dena Snodgrass of Jacksonville Historical Society.
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Spanish king gave American a piece of Florida
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by Hampton Dunn.
1 online resource (2 p.) :
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed July 27, 2010).
At head of title: Photouring Florida.
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes Fort George Island, including how the King of Spain bestowed the property to Don Juan McQueen.
Fort George Island.
Fort George Island (Fla.)
x Description and travel.
t Hampton Dunn Photouring Florida collection.