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The road extended from Saint Augustine, the capital of East Florida, to Andrew Turnbull's experimental colony in New Smyrna.
In 1804 Samuel Williams received a land grant of 3,000 acres (12 km) from the Spanish Crown, which had regained Florida from the British after the American Revolution.
This land grant encompassed the area that would become Daytona Beach.
Williams built a slave-labor-based plantation to grow cotton, rice and sugar cane.
Like much of Florida, Daytona Beach often can be very dry in late winter and early spring, and brush fires and water restrictions can be an issue.
During the era of British rule of Florida between 17, the King's Road passed through present-day Daytona Beach.
Automobiles are still permitted on most areas of the beach, at a maximum speed of 10 mph (16 km/h). It is bordered on the north by Holly Hill and Ormond Beach and on the south by Daytona Beach Shores, South Daytona and Port Orange.