Bene/Publishing Softcover with 215 pages. The A & StAB Locomotive 120-1913 shown on cover. - Written to portray in general the living conditions, pioneers, settlers, community life, education, business and government as it developed over the years in Bay County, Florida. The area we know today as Bay County was Indian country prior to the arrival of Europeans. The Spanish were the first. The Territory of Florida was subdivided into East Florida at St. Augustine and West Florida at Pensacola. It was ceded to England from 1762 to 1782, when Florida was returned to Spain. It was purchased from Spain by the U.S. in 1819 with the treaty signed in 1821 for $5 million.