History of Beekeeping in Pensacola

1763: First hives were imported to Pensacola,FL by the English.  This the year that Florida was first governed by England. (source: The World History of Beekeeping and Honey Hunting, Ethel Eva Crane)

1773: Hives were established in Mobile, Alabama and wild honeybees flourished in the area (likely after having swarmed from established colonies.)

circa 1792: Beeswax was an article of export in the 18th century, particularly from the ports of Philadelphia, Charleston, Pensacola, and Mobile.

1896: Honey crop failure in parts of Florida due to heavy early rains followed by a long period of drought. (source: Gleanings in Bee Culture, 1896)


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