pendent upon the topography of the Florida peninsula. There were plans for two great king's highways and a number of possible settlements in areas where naval supplies could be stored such as Miami, Key West, Charlotte Harbor, and Tampa Bay. But the British were in Florida only from 1763-1784, the American War for Independence intervened and the hopes for true settlement English style -- that is farm by farm, moving ever to carve a yeoman style of civilization from the wil- derness -- were dashed by the inability of Englishmen on both sides of the Atlan- tic to remain kissing cousins.
Thus the story of land and sea communications in British Florida is a rather short tale of opportunities lost, swamps not drained, land not farmed, and horizons never reached. The most surprising part of this story is that communi- cations, by land and by sea, were even maintained throughout this period in such a vast, almost uninhabited area.