The Papers of Panton, Leslie & Co. is the most complete ethnographic collection available for the study of the American Indians of the Southeast.
Panton, Leslie & Co. was a trading firm established in British East Florida during the American Revolution. When Spain won title to both East and West Florida in 1783, the company was granted a virtual monopoly. More than 8,000 legal, political and diplomatic documents recording the company's operations for over half a century have been selected and organized for this collection.
The collection documents trading activities with the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Creek Nations and is a key source of information for the study of the origins and development of the Seminole Indians. It details the activities of Panton, Leslie & Co. and also the international conflicts affecting the Southeast during this time.
In addition to Native American studies, the collection involves:
The Guide to The Papers of Panton, Leslie & Co., is based on indexing provided by the University of West Florida. The guide includes a chronological listing and an alphabetical name listing for all documents.