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A boat sailing on Ortega Bay in 1946.  Ortega was the lair of the planter/outlaw Daniel McGirtt.  McGirt was a plantation owner, a slaveholder and a fiercely independent Scotsman who, at times, was at odds with or had a price put on his head by the British or Spanish governors of the colony of Florida. He was never captured and kept for long, always talking his way out of any situation, and eventually died in his bed early in the 1800s.

A boat sailing on Ortega Bay in 1946. Ortega was the lair of the planter/outlaw Daniel McGirtt. McGirt was a plantation owner, a slaveholder and a fiercely independent Scotsman who, at times, was at odds with or had a price put on his head by the British or Spanish governors of the colony of Florida. He was never captured and kept for long, always talking his way out of any situation, and eventually died in his bed early in the 1800s.

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