Unit 6
sugarcane and sugar mills
in early florida

Students learn about coquina sugar mills and sugar growing in early Florida.

academic outcomes/lesson objectives:

Students read selections introducing them to coquina sugar mills and the process of
making sugarcane.


Baker, Henry. “Fifteen Years on Bulow Creek: Glimpses of Bulowville.” The Florida Anthropologist, Vol 52, No.1-2, (March-June 1999).

“Bongoland / Dunlawton Plantation Ruins.” 18 February 2008.

Florida Public Archaeology Network. 28 February 2008 <http://www.flpublicarchaeology.org>.

Macinnis, Peter. Bittersweet: The Story of Sugar. Australia: Allen & Unwin, 2002.

Rivers, Larry Eugene. Slavery in Florida: Territorial Days to Emancipation. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2000.

Sitterson, Carlyle. Sugar Country: The Cane Sugar Industry in the South 1753-1958. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1953.

“The Plantation Ruins of Northeast Florida.” Daytona Beach: Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, Florida, 2005.


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

Student Articles & Activities:

1. A Quick History of Sugar
2. How is sugarcane made into sugar?
3. How does a sugar mill work?
4. ACTIVITY: Where can you find plantations with coquina buildings?
5. The Cruger-DePeyster Sugar Mill and Plantation
6. The Dunlawton Sugar Mill and Plantation
7. The Bulow Sugar Mill and Plantation


Bamboo, Clarify, Coquina, Crystals, Fibers, Hogshead, Impurities, Ladle, Militia, Mill, Molasses,
Ruins, Scum, Slaked Lime, Steam, Sugarcane, Syrup


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