The History of Florida

The History of Florida

by Michael Gannon (Editor)


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This is the heralded "definitive history" of Florida. No other book so fully or accurately captures the highs and lows, the grandeur and the craziness, the horrors and the glories of the past 500 years in the Land of Sunshine.

Twenty-three leading historians, assembled by renowned scholar Michael Gannon, offer a wealth of perspectives and expertise to create a comprehensive, balanced view of Florida’s sweeping story. The chapters cover such diverse topics as the maritime heritage of Florida, the exploits of the state’s first developers, the astounding population boom of the twentieth century, and the environmental changes that threaten the future of Florida’s beautiful wetlands.

Celebrating Florida’s role at the center of important historical movements, from the earliest colonial interactions in North America to the nation’s social and political climate today, The History of Florida is an invaluable resource on the complex past of this dynamic state.

Contributors: Charles W. Arnade | Canter Brown Jr. | Amy Turner Bushnell | David R. Colburn | William S. Coker | Amy Mitchell-Cook | Jack E. Davis | Robin F. A. Fabel | Michael Gannon | Thomas Graham | John H. Hann | Dr Della Scott-Ireton | Maxine D. Jones | Jane Landers | Eugene Lyon | John K. Mahon | Jerald T. Milanich | Raymond A. Mohl | Gary R. Mormino | Susan Richbourg Parker | George E. Pozzetta | Samuel Proctor | William W. Rogers | Daniel L. Schafer | Jerrell H. Shofner | Dr. Robert A. Taylor | Brent R. Weisman

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813064017
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 568
Sales rank: 310,426
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Michael Gannon (1927–2017) was a renowned scholar and writer known as the "dean of Florida historians." A versatile intellectual and a towering figure in his long career at the University of Florida, he authored and edited numerous acclaimed histories. In 2010 he was honored as the winner of the inaugural Florida Lifetime Literary Achievement Award.

Table of Contents

Introduction Michael Gannon 1

1 Original Inhabitants Jerald T. Milanich 3

2 First European Contacts Michael Gannon 18

3 The Land They Found Paul E. Hoffman 41

4 Settlement and Survival Eugene Lyon 55

5 Republic of Spaniards, Republic of Indians Amy Turner Bushnell 76

6 The Missions of Spanish Florida John H. Hann 91

7 Raids, Sieges, and International Wars Daniel L. Schafer 112

8 Pensacola, 1686-1763 William S. Coker 128

9 British Rule in the Floridas Robin F. A. Fabel Daniel L. Schafer 144

10 The Second Spanish Period in the Two Floridas Susan Richbourg Parker William S. Coker 162

11 Free and Enslaved Jane Landers 179

12 Florida's Seminole and Miccosukee Peoples Brent R. Weisman 195

13 U.S. Territory and State Daniel L. Schafer 220

14 The Civil War, 1861-1865 Robert A. Taylor 244

15 Reconstruction and Renewal, 1865-1877 Jerrell H. Shofner 260

16 The First Developers Thomas Graham 276

17 Fortune and Misfortune: The Paradoxical 1920s William W. Rogers 296

18 The Great Depression William W. Rogers 313

19 World War II Gary R. Mormino 332

20 Florida by Nature: A Survey of Extrahuman Historical Agency Jack E. Davis 353

21 The Maritime Heritage of Florida Della A. Scott-Ireton Amy M. Mitchell-Cook 389

22 Florida Politics: The State Evolves into One of the Nation's Premier Political Battlegrounds Susan A. MacManus David R. Colburn 415

23 Florida's African American Experience: The Twentieth Century and Beyond Larry Eugene Rivers 444

24 Immigration and Ethnicity in Florida History Raymond A. Mohl George E. Pozzetta 470

25 Boom, Bust, and Uncertainty: A Social History of Modern Florida Raymond A. Mohl Gary R. Mormino 497

List of Contributors 529

Index 533

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Praise for the previous edition:

"A major new history."—Miami Herald

"A jewel."—Tallahassee Democrat

"The standard reference."—Orlando Sentinel

"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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