By the middle of the 19th century, the adventurous family-oriented pioneering homesteaders whose development we have been observing would have gained enough self-confidence from independently eeking out a living in the Florida scrub that they now set to planting fairly large acreage of citrus, cotton or tobacco with the sheer audacity that these might be money crops. As a test of their entrepreneurial skills, many early Florida farmers tried laying out a few rows of citrus started from wild saplings gathered in cypress wetlands near their homesteads.

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