Florida has the longest recorded history of any state, dating back to the journeys of Spanish conquistadores in the early sixteenth century. From the voyages of Ponce de Leon to the dawn of the Space Age, Florida has played an important role in the history of the United States. This concise history shows Florida's evolution from European colony to American state and jewel of the Sunbelt. It chronicles the struggles between the United States and Spain, the trauma of the Civil War, and the great booms of development in the twentieth century, as well as how Floridians have grappled with the problems of over development in the 'Sunshine State'. Over 50 illustrations, photographs, and maps enrich this text, which is perfect for the vacationer, the student, and all curious readers.
Table of Contents
CONTENTS: Introduction; The Discovery and Exploration of Florida, 1513-1565; Florida's First Spanish Era, 1565-1763; Florida Under Three Flags, 1763-1821; From American Territory to Statehood, 1821-1860; Secession and Civil War, 1861-1865; The Age of Flagler and Plant, 1865-1914; Boosters, Boom, and Bust: Florida, 1914-1930; The Depression Years an World War II, 1930-1945; From Sun Belt to Space Age, 1945-1970; Modern Florida and the Problems of Paradise, 1970-2002; Florida Counties and their Dates of Creation; Timeline of Events; Index.