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
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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
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
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
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