Unit 4
mala compra -
life on a florida plantation

Students learn about life on a Florida Plantation in the early 1800s.

academic outcomes/lesson objectives:

Students read selections introducing them to Florida’s plantation system and Mala Compra’s owner: General Joseph Hernandez, Florida’s first Hispanic Congressman. This lesson plan serves as a historical introduction to the lesson plans: “Mala Compra – How Archaeology Works” and “Sugar Cane and Sugar Mills in Early Florida.”


Florida Public Archaeology Network. 28 February 2008 <http://www.flpublicarchaeology.org>.
“Seminole War: Capture of Osceola And Coachoochee.” Floripedia. 21 January 2008.

Smith, Greg, Shelly Sass, Susan R. Parker, Deborah Mullins. Archaeology, History, and Recommendations for Architectural Conservation: Mala Compra Plantation (8FL26) Flagler County. St. Augustine: Environmental Services, Inc., 2002.

Smith, Greg. “RE: Archaeology at Mala Compra.” E-mails to the author. 15 February – 1 March 2008.
West, Jean. “King Cotton – The Fiber of Slavery.” Slavery in America. 21 January 2008.


Kelley Weitzel, http://www.KelleyWeitzel.com

Student Articles & Activities:

1. Why was Mala Compra a bad purchase?
2. What is Sea Island Cotton?
3. EXPERIMENT: Can you invent a cotton gin?
4. Slave Life on Cotton and Sugar Plantations
5. Why didn’t Joseph Hernandez get rich?
6. Who was General Joseph Hernandez?
7. The Second Seminole War and Osceola’s Capture
8. A Famous Visitor to Mala Compra
9. How does this history tie in with coquina?
10. ACTIVITY: Archaeology in Action


Acre, China (ceramics), Coarse, Coastal, Colony, Coquina, Cotton Gin, Debt, Delegate, Fibers,
Flag of Truce, Hispanic, Justice of the Peace, Land Grant, Malaria, Plantation, U.S. Territory, Treaty


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