Florida: A Short History (Columbus Quincentenary Series)

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"An exciting voyage through Florida’s past. . . . Almost every page could make you say, I didn’t know that!"Tampa Tribune

"Gannon’s love for Florida comes through in a marvelous narrative style [that] doesn’t bog down in dates and reams of facts that historians find interesting, but others don’t."—Miami Herald

"First rate . . . desperately needed . . . entertaining . . . fun!"—Orlando Sentinel

"Gannon is a lifelong student of the history of his state, an acclaimed teacher, a masterful and tireless raconteur, and a superb stylist. Florida: A Short ...

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Overview

"An exciting voyage through Florida’s past. . . . Almost every page could make you say, I didn’t know that!"Tampa Tribune

"Gannon’s love for Florida comes through in a marvelous narrative style [that] doesn’t bog down in dates and reams of facts that historians find interesting, but others don’t."—Miami Herald

"First rate . . . desperately needed . . . entertaining . . . fun!"—Orlando Sentinel

"Gannon is a lifelong student of the history of his state, an acclaimed teacher, a masterful and tireless raconteur, and a superb stylist. Florida: A Short History showcases each of these strengths and talents and contains the latest archaeological and historical scholarship."—Florida Historical Quarterly

As if Ponce de León, who happened on the peninsula in 1513, returned today to demand a quick reckoning (“Tell me what happened after I was there, but leave out the boring parts!”), Michael Gannon recounts the longest recorded history of any state in the nation in twenty-seven brisk, fully illustrated chapters.

From indigenous tribes who lived along spring-fed streams to environmentalists who labor to "Save Our Rivers," from the first conquistadors whose broad black ships astonished the natives to the 123,000 refugees whose unexpected immigration stunned South Floridians in 1980, the story of the state is as rich and distinctive as the story of America.

And it’s older than most people think. As Gannon writes, “By the time the Pilgrims came ashore at Plymouth, St. Augustine was up for urban renewal. It was a town with fort, church, seminary, six-bed hospital, fish market, and about 120 shops and houses. Because La Florida stretched north from the Keys to Newfoundland and west to Texas, St. Augustine could claim to be the capital of much of what is now the United States.”

Gannon tells his fast-marching saga in chronological fashion. Starting with the wilderness of the ancient earth, he fills the landscape with Indians, colonists, pioneers, entrepreneurs, politicians, and the panorama of Florida today—“the broad superhighways that wind past horse farms, retirement communities, international airports, launch pads, futuristic attractions, and come to rest, finally, amidst the gleaming towers of Oz-like cities.” This revised edition concludes with a look into the twenty-first century, including “in-migration,” restoration of the Everglades, education, the work force, and the infamous 2000 presidential election.

Michael Gannon is distinguished service professor emeritus of history at the University of Florida. Among other honors, he has received the first Arthur W. Thompson Prize from the Florida Historical Society and the decoration Knight Commander of the Order of Isabel la Católica from King Juan Carlos I of Spain. He is the author of the best-selling Operation Drumbeat and editor of The New History of Florida.

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Library Journal
This is a welcome mini-successor to Charlton Tebeau's out-of-print A History of Florida. Gannon (history, Univ. of Florida) has updated coverage of the state's long history to include minorities, women, and environmental concerns through the year of Hurricane Andrew, focusing more on social than political history. The book contains some minor factual errors: the town of Cedar Key is misspelled several times as Cedar Keys, which is an offshore wildlife refuge; Gannon laments the exclusionary policies of the Universities of Miami and Florida, which in the 1940s excluded blacks from sports teams, while ignoring the opportunities then afforded African Americans at A&M College, which produced renowned athletes Willie Gallimore and Althea Gibson. Despite these slips, Gannon's work belongs on all library shelves.-- Susan Hamburger, Alderman Lib., Univ. of Virginia Lib., Charlottesville
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813026800
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 4/15/2003
  • Series: Columbus Quincentenary Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 182
  • Sales rank: 466
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
In the Beginning 1
European Settlement 3
Missions 10
Military and Civil Life 14
Two Decades of British Rule 17
The Second Spanish Period 24
The United States Acquires Florida 27
Territorial Years and Statehood 28
Secession 40
Reconstruction 46
The Bourbon Era 53
Modern Florida Begins 66
World War I and Prohibition 74
Boom in Paradise 77
Racism and Violence 86
Tropical Depression 88
Relief and Recovery 89
Industry and Agriculture 95
World War II 100
Postwar Politics 109
Taking Stock Culturally 112
Florida at Midcentury 118
The Pepper-Smathers Campaign 123
The McCarty and Collins Years 125
The Sixties 130
The Seventies 135
Within Our Memories 139
The Past is Prologue 150
Books on Florida History 152
Index 157
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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    Informative and easy to read for a state history lesson.

    While wintering in Florida, as I was book browsing, I found this short history of Florida. It is an interesting book and covers all areas of the state. A good book for general reading without going into a several hundred page book. Interesting pictures with good explanatory remarks. Covers early explorers through modern time lines. Touches political, cultural and religious areas. Discusses how Florida has changed environmentally through the years.

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