A Concise History of Florida

Arcadia Publishing
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A quick overview of the Sunshine State’s fascinating past, with photos and illustrations included.
 
In 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León first set foot on Florida’s east coast. The land he discovered was a geographic anomaly so distinctive that one day, centuries later, astronaut Neil Armstrong would say that Florida was the first shape on earth he recognized on his return from a visit to the moon.
 
This unique state has witnessed such momentous events as the 1959 arrival of the first Cuban exiles under Fidel Castro and the 1981 launch of the Columbia—the first space shuttle. Join historian James C. Clark as he chronicles the surprising history of the Sunshine State in this concise and captivating book.
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About the author

James C. Clark is a lecturer at the University of Central Florida, where he has taught since 1987. He has become one of Florida's leading historians, and the author of ten books. His work has been honored by the Florida Historical Society, the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors and the Florida Magazine Association. He lives in Orlando, Florida.

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Publisher
Arcadia Publishing
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Published on
Sep 23, 2014
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9781625851536
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Language
English
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Genres
History / United States / State & Local / South (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)
Photography / Subjects & Themes / Historical
Travel / United States / South / South Atlantic (DC, DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV)
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U.S. Presidents have played a major role in shaping Florida, whether waging wars, protecting the environment, seeking votes, or just drawing media attention to the state's attractions.

Thomas Jefferson set out to buy Florida, but ended up making the Louisiana Purchase instead.Andrew Jackson came to fight Indians when La Florida was still a Spanish colony and then became the first territorial governor.Abraham Lincoln came up with the plan to get Florida back into the Union in 1864 to help his reelection chances.Ulysses S. Grant came to promote steamships on the St. Johns River.Warren G. Harding played golf with an elephant as a caddie, and Chester Arthur went fishing in Orlando.Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders sailed to glory from Tampa, but nearly missed the boat.Herbert Hoover came to Florida to spend time with his friends, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone, and held the Florida record for catching the largest bonefish. Days before his inauguration, an assassination attempt was made on Franklin Roosevelt as he spoke in a Miami park. Roosevelt's yacht was anchored at Fort Lauderdale when a massive hurricane swept it inland. Roosevelt tried to sell it as a hunting lodge.Harry Truman launched a campaign to defeat a Florida Senator, and had a house in Key West called the Little White House.Nixon killed the Cross Florida Barge Canal, becoming a hero to environmentalists. After winning election, he purchased a home in Florida and was there during the Watergate burglary.George W. Bush launched his political career in Florida, working for a successful Senate candidate. And of course it was the contested Florida vote, with its "hanging-chad" ballots, that gave him reelection in 2000.Learn about all of these men and more in this unique take on Florida history.
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