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William Cooley (1783–1863) was one of the first American settlers in what is now Broward County, in the US state of Florida.
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He was a farmer in the northern part of the territory before moving south, where he traded with local Indians and continued to farm.
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He sided with natives in a land dispute against a merchant who had received a large grant from the King of Spain and was evicting them...
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Unhappy with the actions of the Spanish, he moved to the New River in 1826, an area removed from their influence.