Sugar Plantations in Florida were established using large numbers of enslaved Africans, to plant, grow and harvest Sugar for export. During the Seminole Wars the Native Americans targeted the Sugar Plantations destroying most of the plantation but often leaving slave quarters untouched.
Mala Compra Plantation Archaeological Site
Mala Compra or Bad Bargain as we would say in English is an archeological site on the east bank of the Matanzas River, in Palm Coast, is part of one of the largest plantation systems in NE Florida. It belonged to Joseph Hernandez (first Hispanic congressman) who used slave labor to produce Sugar and cotton from 1816 through 1836 when the Seminoles burnt it down during the Seminole War. John James Audubon spent ten days at the plantation, where he shot dozens of American coots, one of which appeared in Birds of America.
Lunch at Captains BBQ
Captains BBQ offers some of the best True Southern BBQ, they use only the best quality and ingredients. There meats and sides are slow cooked in their special wood burning smoker. Although smoking is a time-consuming process it creates truly inspiring dishes.
"Everything about this place is what you want from a local establishment and especially on vacation when you want to get a dose of what the south is about. "
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Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic Park
The 150 Acre site stands as a monument to the rise and the fall of the sugar plantations of East Florida. The plantation was developed by Major Charles Wilhelm Bulow in 1821 using slave labor to grow/produce indigo, cotton, rice and sugarcane. Bulow also hosted Audobon and like Mala Compra and the other plantations we will see they were burnt/destroyed in the Seminole Wars. Ruins of the former plantation, a sugar mill, a unique spring house, several wells and the crumbling foundations of the plantation house and slave cabins show how volatile the Florida frontier was in the early 19th Century.
The Timucuans once lived here in a village called Nocoroco where they dwelled and had a relatively prosperous life amongst the mangroves and fish filled lagoons. Later this would be a slave plantation, Mount Oswald which grew sugar, indigo and cotton. The plantation was abandoned in 1785. Richard Oswald the former owner was a wealthy Scottish merchant who later negotiated the peace treaty with Benjamin Franklin, John Jay and Henry Laurens to end the Revolutionary War.