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Floridians - Who Are We ?

When you live in Florida, you seem, as a recent Sonic ad noted, to be another world.  We are in the South, but we are not Southerners.  755 more words

Florida History

The Narváez Expedition: An Early American Disaster

The expedition left Spain in 1527 with six hundred men, five ships and the goal of establishing a colony in Florida. The journey was headed by Spanish governor Panfilo Narváez. 2,684 more words

16th Century Colonial History

Florida's Lesser Known Museums Are Hidden Gems

The other week my wife and I visited the fabulous Ringling Museums in Sarasota.  It was Smithsonian Museum freebie day and the 44 acre property was so jammed with people, we paid for a special tour just to get into the lesser seen rooms of Circus magnate John Ringling’s 56-room waterside mansion Ca’D’Zan. 429 more words

Florida History

An Expensive Lesson

Emmett’s best legal education came not at Stetson University (where he was the valedictorian of the 1904 law class; it came not at the hands of his esteemed and experienced older brother, Cephas Love Wilson, Esquire. 788 more words


More Correspondence about the Gamble Plantation

Wayne and readers,

I’ve been corresponding with the director of the Gamble Plantation State Park in Ellenton, Florida.

I sent him an e-mail with suggestions as to how to improve historical material at the Park, with a few ideas in mind: to clarify the role of black slaves in building and operating the plantation and mansion, and to describe properly who Judah Benjamin was before and during the Civil War and to explain why he was honored at a Florida State Park. 610 more words

Civil War

Thursday Doors- Hurricanes

Today my thoughts are with all of my family and friends in Florida. Hurricane Matthew is barreling their way.  As of right now it is a Category 4 storm with 140 mph winds.   804 more words


Compendium of Florida facts and follies links the loony, lousy and laughable

Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country, by Craig Pittman. St. Martin’s Press. 336 pages. Hardcover $26.99.

Already a New York Times best-seller, this book belongs in every Florida home. 321 more words

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