Books by William Ryan
The Search for Old Kings Road
I am Grey Eyes
Osceola His Capture
Door to Time
Search for The Lost Plantations
of Flagler County Florida
Florida land grants during the British and Second Spanish period brought
men of daring vision to what is today Flagler County. They built
large plantations here with steam engines, large numbers of slaves, to
become part of an Industrial Revolution. It all ended Christmas eve
1835 when the Seminoles declared war. Historical research reveals
some of the records that exist of these great and now forgotten
enterprises. This is a new work by Bill Ryan and part of the Old
Kings Road series. Discover more about Dupont, Russell, Graham,
Bulow, Pellicer, Fish and Hernandez who did so much to shape Florida.
The multitude of land grant
plantations that once existed in this rapidly developing Florida Atlantic
Coast county is a history of daring and enterprise. Most are
forgotten or exist only in Spanish land grant documents resting in
University files. Many were located along the British built Kings
Discover more about these works and
their human story including what could be discovered about the multitude
of slave workers that made these plantations possible, and in many cases
may have managed them too.
Over hundreds of years a piece of land will
have many owners, it will be sold, seized, mortgaged or abandoned many
times. I have attempted to pick out the story of some of these great
plantations using what information I could locate. I know it is far
from perfect but perhaps will inspire a better researcher to do more.
For here in Florida existed a true Industrial Revolution fueled by immense
grants of land under the British and the Second Spanish period that
resulted in great enterprises here now almost forgotten. The
Seminole War and the take over of Florida by the United States in 1821
made these changes in Florida ones that brought us to our modern times of
Thanks to the many sources I used.
The Dupont story should be told in addition to that of Mr. Hernandez,
and the many settlers who braved danger and war to settle in what is now
known as Flagler County Florida. History seems to repeat, first
the Spanish, then the British, the Spanish again, and finally the
Americans, all of whom wanted to settle and develop this rich land in
Florida. As we build our shopping malls, new highways, and gated
communities, I hope that there will be some remembrance of those that
Here is a talk I gave on "Lost
Available in hard copy and electronic versions
Flagler County Historical Society
204 E. Moody Blvd.
207 S. Central Ave.
386 517 2025
Down By The Sea
Old Florida Authors
208 S. 3rd St.
386 439 2255
Bill Ryan history books