Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Chipola Settlement in 1828

The name "Chipola Settlement" actually applied to a fairly large area of Jackson County that included the Waddell Spring, Baker Creek and Webbville areas. These communities were located a few miles northwest of Marianna.
One of the first settled areas of the county, this region realized quick prosperity through the cultivation of sugar cane and cotton, as well as food crops, and grew rapidly as settlers flooded into Jackson County following its creation in 1823.
The following item appeared in the Pensacola Gazette, an early Florida newspaper, on August 5, 1828:
A letter from Chipola, Florida, dated 16th July says, “lands have risen at least 300 per cent in price, and are daily advancing – the tide of emigration is flowing in most rapidly, and the country still proves uninterruptedly healthy; the Physicians to avoid starvation are removing away: Our crops two or three weeks ago were as fine as I ever saw; the most gratifying prospects were presented to the planters; since then however we have had a drought which prevails and produces much alarm; it is a critical time, for the corn is now in milk. The cane crops are not yet injured; they are said by persons acquainted with its growth to be as fine as ever seen; indeed nothing can surpass the luxuriance of their appearance.”

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