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Mary Edwards BryanHer Early Life and Works$
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Canter Brown Jr. and Larry Eugene Rivers

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061146

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061146.001.0001

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“Fictitious Prosperity”

“Fictitious Prosperity”

Florida, to 1842

(p.1) 1 “Fictitious Prosperity”
Mary Edwards Bryan

Canter Brown

Larry Eugene Rivers

University Press of Florida

This chapter establishes Mary Edwards Bryan’s family background, focusing on her parents John David Edwards and Louisa Houghton Edwards. It explains the pertinent history of the Territory of Florida, particularly the Old South regions known as Middle Florida. It describes frontier violence of the time, which ranged from dueling to fighting related to the Second Seminole War. It also takes into account the economic climate from cotton plantation development to bank speculation to economic depression. It details the circumstances of Mary’s birth in Jefferson County, Florida, in 1839.

Keywords:   economic depression, territorial Florida, Middle Florida, dueling, Second Seminole War, plantation development, bank speculation, Jefferson County, John David Edwards, Louisa Houghton Edwards

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