After the destruction of the French colony by Pedro Menéndez de Aviles, Menéndez had a fort built called San Augustin, with the intent of protecting the small settlement of farmers. Each farmer had been promised land as good as they left in Spain and were to also be given twelve head of stock.
Before Europeans came to Florida, some native Indian tribes practiced agriculture. Thanks to writings left by French and Spanish explorers, we know crops were produced as early as 1513. The tribes involved in this were the Apalachee in northwest Florida, Timucua in central Florida, and the Potano who lived in the Alachua plain.