Category Florida History

Florida Launches the Great Moonshot: 50th Anniversary

Editors Note: This is the third part of our special series on Apollo 11 and the Moon Landings that were launched from Cape Canaveral this week. Our article on the adversity faced by the Apollo Program is here The Florida History Podcast presented by The Florida Squeeze discussion on the space program, Apollo 11 and […]

Kennedy Space Center and the Apollo program: history made in Florida

In the latest edition of The Florida History Podcast presented by The Florida Squeeze on the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch from Cape Canaveral we look at the history of Florida’s role in the space program. We discuss Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and the Space Shuttle program as well as the intense political […]

The Apollo program overcomes tragic adversity and the race to the moon at Kennedy Space Center

The summer of 1969 was an incredible time – Woodstock, the start of the troubles in Northern Ireland, the final full Beatles recording session, Hurricane Camile, The Rolling Stones free concert at Hyde Park, the epic fight over the Everglades Jetport, Chappaquiddick and much more. For whatever reason a large confluence of events that defined […]

Walkin Lawton: Episode 8 of The Florida History Podcast

In this week’s edition of The Florida History Podcast presented by The Florida Squeeze we take an in-depth look at the legendary Lawton Chiles. The journey begins in Polk County before the famous walk in the 1970 Election. After Chiles is nominated by the Democrats upsetting former Governor and House Speaker Farris Bryant he faces […]

American (white) identity politics, anti-intellectualism, fear and the 2020 election

Donald Trump on July 4th completed a vision that the right began pushing in the 1960’s and Republicans en masse began executing after September 11, 2011, when moderate voices in the party began to be drowned out. The vision was to turn the American flag into a powerful symbol of identity, not dissimilar to what […]

East Florida in the American and French Revolutions – a little remembered history

Editor’s note. We’re re-running this piece which originally ran earlier in the year on July 4, the holiday that celebrates American Independence. As we seek to rekindle an interest in Florida History with our website, this topic seems particularly important in discussions on July 4. We’ve spent a significant amount of time on this site […]

Remembering the Floridian who topped Nixon’s enemies list

While the masses of Trump-supporting middle Americans celebrate “american independence” on July 4th (a contrived day of independence, either it’s when the British surrendered at Yorktown or when Lee surrendered at Appomattox, if we are being honest with ourselves and it was in fact independence only for a small group of tax-evading elites. Native Americans […]

The Florida History Podcast now on Apple Podcasts and Overcast

The Florida History Podcast is now available for free listening or download on both Apple Podcasts and Overcast. Subscribe today! You can listen to the Florida History Podcast co-hosted by Kartik Krishnaiyer and Robert Buccellato on Anchor, Spotify, Google, Radio Public, Breaker or Pocket Casts. Spotify, Radio Public, Overcast and Breaker have App Store apps for free which enable you to subscribe […]

Key West and the Conch Republic: A brief history

In episode seven of The Florida History Podcast, we delve deep into the history of Key West and the secessionist Conch Republic movement. Despite being geographically isolated, Key West is one of most important locales in Florida’s history. The city which was Florida’s most populated in the late 1800’s has long been a magnet for […]

How many historical sites does your county have?

Recently at this site we’ve emphasized a renewal of interest in Florida history. We’ve launched the weekly Florida History Podcast while offering more written work on historical topics than any time in the past. Thanks to the research work of Wikipedia users we have an approximate list of how many sites that are listed on […]