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Florida: A Short History Florida: A Short History by Michael V. Gannon
Gannon summarizes the longest recorded history of any of the American states in 28 brisk chapters. Generous use of illustrations help to tell the story. "A well-written, extensively illustrated, and desperately needed survey of 500 years of Florida history." -- Orlando Sentinel
The New History of Florida The New History of Florida by Michael V. Gannon
Expanded history from Michael Gannon, Professor of History at the University of Florida - "Finally. People who want to know more about Florida have a full-length history of the state . . . . a first-rate history of the state, beginning with the arrival of the peninsula's first inhabitants 10,000 years ago, long before Spain's Ponce de Leon came ashore in 1513. Written to observe the sesquicentennial of statehood, The New History of Florida undoubtedly will become the standard reference on Florida for the next quarter century." -- Orlando Sentinel
The Everglades: An Environmental History The Everglades: An Environmental History by David McCally
This is the first major discussion of the formation, development, and history of the Everglades, considered by many to be the most endangered ecosystem in North America. Comprehensive in scope, it begins with South Florida's geologic origins - before the Everglades became wetlands - and continues through the 20th century, when sugar reigns as king of the Everglades Agricultural Area.
An Environmental History of Northeast Florida An Environmental History of Northeast Florida by James J. Miller
This story of the land and people in the region of the St. Johns River and the Atlantic coast covers 18,000 years-from the Ice Age to the first half of the 20th century. Miller describes how natural features transformed and how cultural traditions of native people, as well as Spanish, English, and American colonists, developed in response to opportunities and constraints of the environment.
Baseball In Florida by Kevin M. McCarthy
Spring Training in March... Major League Baseball from April through September... Minor League Ball at more than a dozen places. The history of Florida baseball from Stan Musial and Al Lopez to the Negro leagues and women's teams is great baseball.
Cracker: Florida's Enduring Cowboys Cracker: Florida's Enduring Cowboys by Jon Kral (Photographer), Carl Hiaasen
The publisher of "Cracker" has said that the most common comment he hears about this book is something like "I didn't know there were cowboys in Florida." Yup, there are... Thought provoking...
Crackers in the Glade: Life and Times in the Old Everglades by Rob Storter, Betty Savidge Briggs
Hernando De Soto Among the Apalachee: The Archaeology of the First Winter Encampment Hernando De Soto Among the Apalachee: The Archaeology of the First Winter Encampment by Charles R. Ewen John H. Hann
A long, long time ago, Hernando De Soto set up camp in downtown Tallahassee. Only there was no downtown Tallahassee in the 1600's, only the Apalachee Indians. This book tells the story of the discovery and excavation of this, the only known campsite of De Soto's ten-state expedition, and puts it into context with historical background and sixteenth century narratives relating to the winter encampment.
An Assumption of Sovereignty: Social and Political Transformation Among the Florida Seminoles, 1953-1959 An Assumption of Sovereignty: Social and Political Transformation Among the Florida Seminoles, 1953-1959 by Harry A. Kersey, Jr
Making extensive use of oral history from tribal elders as well as the memoirs and records of Florida congressional leaders, Harry A. Kersey has documented the transformation of the Florida Seminoles, mired in poverty, poorly educated, under-employed, and without a tribal government in the early 1950's to an organized, functioning, and sovereign entity with a stable economic base.
Hitler's Soldiers in the Sunshine State: German Pows in Florida by Robert D. Billinger
In this well written book, Robert D. Billinger, Jr., tells the story of the 10,000 men who were "guests" of Uncle Sam in a 27 POW camps throughout the Sunshine State. Captured while serving on U-boats off the Carolinas, with the Afrika Korps in Tunisia, with the paratroops in Italy, or with labor battalions in France, the POWs were among the 378,000 Germans held as prisoners in 45 states. Billinger describes the experiences of the Germans and their captors in this account of a barely known wartime episode.

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