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)