On this week Florida History Podcast, we discuss the great freeze of 1894-95 and its impact on the citrus industry and it triggering a growth of citrus in California while also promoting Henry Flagler to extend his railroad to Miami. Florida’s citrus industry recovered eventually but citrus production was cut by almost 600% at one point due to the freeze’s impact and even five years later Florida was only producing 20% of the citrus crop it did before the freeze. In time areas like Polk County and Indian River region became mega-Citrus producing areas and eventually Florida became one of the world’s largest citrus producing areas again.
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