Hannah Fell

Mentor: Dr. Jessica Harland-Jacobs
College of History
"After taking my first history class at UF, I learned that history is an ongoing conversation among historians that develops based on their willingness to build upon precedent ideas as well as challenge new ones. As I took more history classes, I became curious about Florida's history during the British years because it is often overlooked in the historiographical conversation. I wanted to answer my own questions about the challenges the British faced in peopling East Florida as well as the influence the Spanish had previously in developing East Florida's capital, St. Augustine. And in order to answer these questions, I have to research it."





Research Interests

  • British Florida
  • Historical Memory

Academic Awards

  • Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra Young Artist Competition (2011)
  • Bach Festival Orchestra Young Artist Competition (Grand Prize Winner -- 2011)
  • Florida Flute Association Young Artist Competition (2012)
  • UF University Scholars Program (2015-2016)


  • The Independent Florida Alligator (2013-2014)


  • Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (2014)

Hobbies and Interests

  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Running
  • Yoga

Research Description

British East Florida: 1763-1784
My project concerns the history of St. Augustine as it transitioned from the Spanish, who controlled the city for about 200 years, to British rule in the 1760s and 1770s. One question that interests me is whether previous Spanish control influenced the British as they took over the city and the colony in 1763. How did St. Augustine’s location on the Atlantic affect the types of people with whom the British traded? What problems did the British face in settling St. Augustine, and how did those problems influence the type of people who arrived there after 1763?