Category Florida History

James Bond and Florida – A history

On this week’s Florida History Podcast, we discuss James Bond movies that were filmed or set in Florida. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts our show), Spotify, Google, Apple Podcasts, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Castro or Pocket Casts. Overcast, Castro, Spotify, Radio Public and Breaker have App Store apps for free which enable you to subscribe and listen on your […]

Florida’s first commercial oil well

Thankfully we don’t drill for oil extensively in Florida or offshore Florida, but here is a look at the first commercial oil well in the state.

Florida counties population rank: 1970 and 2020

This exercise helps show how the population centers of the state have shifted since Florida first became a major population center in the late 1960’s. You’ll note many counties that today have a large suburban or exurban population were less-populated in 1970, than traditional rural counties that have hardly grown in the last 50 years. […]

Podcast: The History of Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District

Wrapping up our seven day, look at the Walt Disney Company’s Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID), this week’s Florida History Podcast focuses on the district’s history. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts our show), Spotify, Google, Apple Podcasts, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Castro or Pocket Casts. Overcast, Castro, Spotify, Radio Public and Breaker have App Store apps for free which […]

A History of Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District – Part 2, going to the Florida Legislature

Now with the land secured and enough financing to ensure that Walt Disney World would open entirely debt-free Roy Disney and the company‘s general counsel Dick Morris began work on the next phase of the Florida Project. A full-on charm offensive on the Florida legislature. The companies’ appetite for expansion had grown with the eating […]

A History of Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District, Part 1

Editors note: With the recent efforts of Governor DeSantis and the majority party in the legislature to end Disney’s special taxing and governance district, in the next week we will be examining the history of the Reedy Creek Improvement District  It all started with a Mouse…and an Improvement District.  When it is clear out you […]

A new Florida History Podcast season launches today with A fresh look at Florida’s role in Watergate

We launch a new season of The Florida History Podcast today with a podcast looking at some new research and context regarding Florida’s role in Watergate as we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the break-in. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts our show), Spotify, Google, Apple Podcasts, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Castro or Pocket Casts. Overcast, Castro, Spotify, Radio Public […]

50 years ago this week- The NY Times and Washington Post descended on Miami to crack the Watergate caper

The Watergate break in occurred in June, 1972, as we discussed last month, but it was in late July, 1972 that two newspaper reporters descended on Miami. The New York Times and The Washington Post both sent reporters south to get the story. Walter Rugaber, One of the Times, White House reporters came to Miami […]

Chief Osceola’s final resting place

This is a look at Chief Osceola’s (partial) final resting place on Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina. Filmed in 2019.

The Ancient Spanish Monastery – Miami’s medieval attraction

On a previous Florida History Podcast, we have a  short episode as we discuss the Ancient Spanish Monastery in North Miami Beach, the oldest European-built structure in the United States. Below is a short video about it as well. A truly unique attraction.