Monday, January 5, 2015

Mirow on Law in East Florida, 1783-1821

Matthew C. Mirow, Florida International University College of Law, has posted Law in East Florida 1783-1821, which is forthcoming in the American Journal of Legal History 55 (2015): 89-118.  Here is the abstract:    
Using primary sources from the East Florida Papers, this article explores colonial legality in St. Augustine and the Province of East Florida during the second Spanish period from 1783 to 1821. In addition to discussing the promulgation of the Constitution of Cádiz and its effects, the article reaches into legal records dealing with civil and testamentary cases to explore and to describe aspects of private law in this North American Spanish colony. Economic and social relations are revealed in the sources that are rich in legal information concerning slavery, family, religion, trade, and landholding. The article concludes that the sources are worthy of more detailed study that may shed light on these topics and may establish new paths in the historiography of law in Northern Spanish colonies.