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The Florida Documents digital collection contains an assortment of documents related to various aspects of Florida history, life, and culture from 1777 to the 1920s.  

The digitized materials include correspondence, diaries, military orders, invoices, receipts, reports, and other documents. The materials cover a range of topics, including the Seminole Wars, Fort Dallas, the Indian Key Massacre, the Cape Florida Lighthouse, the Cape San Blas Lighthouse, Miami history, and various aspects of Florida life, business, culture, and military affairs. Many of the materials also document issues related to politics, land, and travel in Florida.

Also included are six diaries written by Captain Rufus W. Beaujean of Melbourne Beach in Brevard County, Florida, from 1888 to 1895. Beaujean played a significant role in the development of Melbourne Beach, and his diaries provide insight on 19th century community development and daily life in Florida.

Additional materials from the Florida Documents Collection are available for research upon request in the University of Miami Libraries Special Collections. A full description and list of all materials in this collection are available in the Florida Documents Collection Finding Aid.