San Agustin known today as St Augustine is the oldest permanent European settlement in the continental United States. Founded in 1565, the town was prosperous throughout the 1600’s but fell into decline as did Spanish Florida after the English invasion of 1702. By the time the British invaded again in 1740, San Agustin and Florida […]

Reconstruction – it’s a messy topic that divides Americans. This week on The Florida History Podcast presented by The Florida Squeeze we discuss that post-Civil War era here in this state. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts our show), Spotify, Google, Apple, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Castro or Pocket Casts. Overcast, Castro, Spotify, Radio Public and Breaker have App Store […]

As another impeachment inquiry roles forward a look back at Florida’s role in previous impeachment proceedings. Andrew Johnson (1868) Florida had not been readmitted to the union when Democratic President Andrew Johnson was impeached by the Republican Congress. Florida had tried to send several ex-Confederates to Congress after the Civil War but they were not […]

Throughout the 20th Century, Florida was a mecca of the film industry. Whether it was Esther Williams at Silver Springs or James Bond thrillers set around Miami, if you went to see a feature film presentation in the 20th Century a good chance existed it was either set or filmed in Florida. In this week’s […]

First off let me say all our hearts go out to our neighbors in the Bahamas. Particularly for those of us from the southeastern corner of the state, places like Freeport, West End and Marsh Harbor are closer to us geographically and in some ways economically and culturally than most of the United States and […]

In recent months, more community leaders along the FEC line between Brevard and Miami-Dade counties have vocally discussed the benefits of having a station to service passenger trains in their communities. The Virgin Brightline which is currently serving as a higher-speed luxury brand whisking tourists and commuters from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale and […]

“If liberals are so f***ing smart, why do they lose so goddamn always?” – Will McAvoy, The Newsroom The candidates in the Democratic debates demonstrated a genuine desire to lose the Presidential race in 2020.  Democrats do not view elections as a contest against Republicans.  They view elections as an opportunity to trumpet their moral superiority […]

This video which was recorded soon after the 2016 election, supports Ed Butowsky’s claim that Ellen Ratner visited Julian Assange. In the video Ratner says she visited Assange and he alleged that Seth Rich leaked the DNC emails. This video supports Butowsky’s claims in his lawsuit where I wrote about here. It’s one thing to […]

Florida’s Democratic Party elite are exceptionally good at winning primaries and controlling the internal narrative yet exceptionally bad at winning general elections and understanding the electorate .  When you predict the first election accurately over the “experts”,you pat yourself on the back knowing that you were able to accurately predict the election and beat those […]

On this week’s edition of The Florida History Podcast, we discuss workdays, Bob Graham’s campaign gimmick which helped make him one of the political and public service legends in the state’s history. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts our show), Spotify, Google, Apple, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Castro or Pocket Casts. Overcast, Castro, Spotify, Radio Public and Breaker have App […]

In this week’s edition of The Florida History Podcast we discuss the Golden Age of Florida Politics. Co-host Robert Buccellato penned a wonderful narrative about the era three years ago on this site. The 1970’s were a unique time in the history of our state as a generation of civic-minded leaders emerged from the dark […]

In this week’s episode of The Florida History Podcast presented by The Florida Squeeze we chronicle the rise of Pan American World Airways Florida links, from birth in Key West to development of the US’ first major international airport on Dinner Key in Coconut Grove, Miami. We also discuss President Franklin Roosevelt becoming the first […]

Mention Florida Keys and Hurricanes and the mind drifts to 1935 – the Labor Day storm that most intense to ever hit the United States. That storm killed several hundred World War I veterans working on the overseas highway and washed out Henry Flager’s overseas railroad. But the 1919 Keys Hurricane which struck this week […]

Podcast: Labor Day Florida Hurricanes Florida is forever linked with Hurricanes but especially on Labor Day Weekend. Whether it was the 1935 Keys storm, the strongest ever to hit the United States, Betsy in 1965, 1979’s Hurricane David or 2004’s Frances, Labor Day Weekend often means Hurricanes. 2019 appears to be another anxious one for […]