This idea of American Revolutionary history is captured with maps showing the Thirteen Colonies.
|The way Americans like to think of colonial America: thirteen colonies destined to be thirteen states.|
Because of these factors the Floridas were very Loyalist. West Florida even rejected an offer to participate in the First Continental Congress (remember, Georgia was not even invited). Effigies of John Adams and John Hancock were burned in St. Augustine when news of the Declaration of Independence reached the colony.
One of the reason Americans know little about the two extra colonies is that these colonies were not added to the United States after the Revolutionary War. Spain reconquered both Floridas with the Gulf Coast Campaign from 1779 to 1781. After Spain reestablished control most Loyalist Americans left for Canada or the Bahamas and they in turn were replaced with Spaniards (who do not fit the mold of an "American colonist"). Spanish control of Florida was not done away with until America claimed West Florida as part of the Lousiana Purchase in 1810 and East Florida with Andrew Jackson's 1818 and the Adams-Onis Treaty in 1819.
Today Loyalist Florida is ignored in most history books and maps of the Revolutionary War. Florida is either ignored or even shown as belonging to Spain during the war. However, its existence was real and it is a reminder that not all of America choose to side for independence during the Revolutionary War. It also sadly reflects American thoughts on who was an American back then.