Florida in the Spanish American War

Florida in the Spanish American War

by Joseph Knetsch, Nick Wynne


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Florida began as a Spanish colony, with governing headquarters in Havana, Cuba. It is fitting, then, that the state played such a large role in the Spanish-American War. As a base of training and combat operations, Florida's involvement was crucial to the war effort. Join trusted historians Joe Knetsch and Nick Wynne as they log a fascinating chapter in Florida's history—a time when Roosevelt's Rough Riders prepared for battle at Tampa bases, when battleships departed from south Florida ports to avenge the sunken USS Maine and when a nation looked to the Sunshine State to help unite America around a common cause, even as the nation still struggled to come to terms with the Civil War and Reconstruction

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609490881
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 02/22/2011
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,191,208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dr. Joe Knetsch is a well-respected and highly involved Florida historian. His latest work, Fear and Anxiety on the Florida Frontier: The Second Seminole War, was published by the Seminole Wars Foundation in 2008. Dr. Knetsch has written extensively on Florida history, publishing several titles with the Florida Historical Society Press. He is the author of Florida's Seminole Wars, 1817-1858.

Dr. Nick Wynne retired in 2008 from his post as executive director of the Florida Historical Society. After obtaining his PhD in history, Dr. Wynne taught college history at several universities, including the University of South Florida. He has published more than twenty books, including several books on Florida history, such as Tin Can Tourists of Florida, Florida in the Civil War, Florida's Antebellum Homes and Golf in Florida. He currently resides in Rockledge, Florida (near Cocoa Beach).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

1 Florida in the Late Nineteenth Century 15

2 Cubans, Florida and Cuba Libre 23

3 The Yellow Press 35

4 The Florida Experience: Filibusterers and Politicians 53

5 Preparations for War: The American Navy 65

6 The American Army 81

7 The Army Arrives in Florida 93

8 In Camp 105

9 Sanitation, Soldiers and Science 121

10 Floridians and Jim Crow 129

11 American Intelligence Operations 135

12 Plans, Plans and More Plans 149

13 Port Tampa: Confusion on the Docks 159

14 The War and Its Aftermath in Florida 171

Bibliographical Note 173

About the Authors 175

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