This volume recounts the longest recorded history of any of the American states in 28 brisk chapters, all fully illustated. From indigenous tribes who lived along spring-fed streams to environmentalists who labour to "Save our Rivers" from the first conquistadors whose broad black ships astonished the natives to the 123,000 refugees whose unexpected immigration stunned South Floridians in 1980, the story of the state is as distinctive as the story of America. Gannon writes: "By the time the Pilgrims came ashore at Plymouth, St. Augustine was up for urban renewal. It was a town with fort, church, seminary, six-bed hospital, fish market and about 120 shops and houses. Because La Florida stretched north from the Keys to Newfoundland and west to Texas, St. Augustine could claim to be the capital of much of what is now the United States". Gannon tells his fast-marching saga in chronological fashion. Starting with the wilderness of the ancient earth, he fills the landscape with Indians, colonists, pioneers, entrepreneurs, politicians, and the 13,000,000 citizens who make up the panorama of Florida today.
He concludes "A Short History" in 1992, ranging along "the broad superhighways that wind past horse farms, retirement communities, international airports, launch pads, futuristic attractions, and come to rest, finally, amidst the gleaming towers of Oz-like cities".
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
Edition: Revised ed.