Outposts on the Gulf: Saint George Island and Apalachicola from Early Exploration to World W

Outposts on the Gulf: Saint George Island and Apalachicola from Early Exploration to World W

by William Warren Rogers


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“A solid history of a relatively unknown area of Florida. The rich detail of destruction by hurricanes and fires; the building of lighthouses, schools, banks, and bars; and the stories of the people who were associated with those events and facilities makes lively reading. Rogers writes with vivacity and a quick wit. His book will be welcomed not only by Florida historians interested in state and local history but also by a much wider reading public.”—Journal of American History


“A painstakingly researched account of the economic, social, and political history of Apalachicola and Saint George Island.”—Civil War History


“Traces the history of Saint George Island and Apalachicola, Florida, from the time Florida became a possession of the United States in 1821 to 1941. . . . This book represents the best in local history.”—Florida Historical Quarterly


“Whether detailing the life cycle of the oyster, the North’s blockade of Apalachicola during the Civil War, the great fire of 1900, or the courtroom drama of the Popham trial, Rogers writes with the easy command of an expert. One seldom finds history so fascinatingly written.”—Ralph T. Eubanks, University of West Florida

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813060293
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

William Warren Rogers, professor emeritus of history at Florida State University, is the author of several books, including The One-Gallused Rebellion: Agrarianism in Alabama, 1865–1895.

Table of Contents

Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xv

1 Apalachicola: "A Great and Growing Importance" 1

2 A Place of Commerce 28

3 Apalachicola Must Be Protected 50

4 "Without Our Lines… But Not Within Theirs" 70

5 Decades of Change 90

6 Livelihood from the Sea 116

7 Island Owners 130

8 The George W. Saxon Era 138

9 William Lee Popham, Esquire 155

10 Frenzied Finance 167

11 The Florida Co-Operative Colony and the Apalachicola Land &c Development Company 189

12 Popham Triumphant (Temporarily) 200

13 Tribulations-and Trials 217

14 The Verdict 232

15 The Quest for Respectability-and Profits 240

16 "You Can't Help Wondering… 257

Bibliography 269

Index 283

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