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Overview

The New History of Florida, the first comprehensive history of the state to be written in a quarter of a century, is the culmination of the most recent and significant work from a galaxy of specialists. Each of the twenty-two chapters, which weave together in one continuous narrative, was written especially for this volume. Their authors present here not only political, economic, military, and religious information but also social history and personal experiences. Endnotes and a bibliography are appended to each chapter. Florida's first inhabitants entered the peninsula and panhandle about 10,000 years ago. The Spaniard Juan Ponce de Leon stumbled ashore near Melbourne Beach in 1513. He called the place La Florida, the first permanent geographic name of European origin to be etched upon the maps of the American continent. Over three centuries of Spanish and English colonial history followed before the United States acquired Florida in 1821. The first state flag was raised over a new capitol in Tallahassee on May 26, 1845. Written to observe the sesquicentennial of statehood, this work will document the rich history of the Sunshine State for general readers, students, and scholars well into the twenty-first century.
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“A major new history of Florida.”—Miami Herald

“A jewel, a readable narrative of Florida’s history.”—Tallahassee Democrat

 “Undoubtedly will become the standard reference on Florida for the next quarter century.”—Orlando Sentinel

“The reading is as interesting as it is informative.”—Naples Daily News

“A welcome addition to the understanding of the Land of Flowers, from Spain to Spaceport and beyond.”—Pensacola News Journal

“Florida is as much a state of mind as it is a slice of land between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. . . . Florida could become a place of civic texture if we understand its past. Professor Gannon’s book is a good place to begin.”—St. Petersburg Times

“Incorporates much of the new scholarship that has appeared over the last twenty or so years, much of the best of it exploring the lives of African-Americans, Indians, and Florida’s common white folk. . . . For those interested in seeking out the multifaceted aspects of their native or adopted state, this is the place to start.”—Tampa Tribune

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813014159
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 492
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Gannon is a renowned scholar and writer known as “the dean of Florida historians.” A versatile intellectual with a long, successful career at the University of Florida, he has authored and edited numerous acclaimed histories.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction
1 Original Inhabitants 1
2 First European Contacts 16
3 Settlement and Survival 40
4 Republic of Spaniards, Republic of Indians 62
5 The Missions of Spanish Florida 78
6 Raids, Sieges, and International Wars 100
7 Pensacola, 1686-1763 117
8 British Rule in the Floridas 134
9 The Second Spanish Period in the Two Floridas 150
10 Free and Slave 167
11 Florida's Seminole and Miccosukee Peoples 183
12 U.S. Territory and State 207
13 The Civil War, 1861-1865 231
14 Reconstruction and Renewal, 1865-1877 249
15 Prelude to the New Florida, 1877-1919 266
16 Fortune and Misfortune: The Paradoxical Twenties 287
17 The Great Depression 304
18 World War II 323
19 Florida Politics in the Twentieth Century 344
20 The African-American Experience in Twentieth-Century Florida 373
21 From Migration to Multiculturalism: A History of Florida Immigration 391
22 The Big Change in the Sunshine State: A Social History of Modern Florida 418
Contributors 449
Index 452
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  • Posted May 7, 2010

    It does not get better than this

    Michael Gannon has created the best historical resource guide ever. The book is well written and entertaining - not just for the history buff, but for anyone that ever wanted to know what lies behind the state's rich cultural past.

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