When we think about constitutional law and the territory we now know as the State of Florida, it is not a simple task to answer the question, “How many constitutions have applied in Florida?” Part of the problem arises from terminology, and part from Florida’s unique history. Our count of constitutions might begin with the Spanish Constitution of 1812, a somewhat liberal measure for its day that was in force only shortly before it was discarded by Bonapartist Spain. Still, the monument in Constitution Square in St. Augustine reminds us that, during that time, the...
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