Category Florida History

Dempsey Barron: The Master of the Florida Senate

The late Dempsey Barron is a titan of Florida Political History. This week on The Florida History Podcast we discuss Barron, the most influential member of the State Senate in Florida’s contemporary political history. Serving from 1960 to 1988, Barron was the undisputed king of the Senate. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast […]

Angola, Florida: An 1800’s African-American settlement in Manatee County

In the Second Spanish Period (1784-1821) East Florida was characterized by general lawlessness and the ability of those held in bondage in the United States to runaway to Florida and achieve freedom. A community of African-Americans was thriving in the 1810’s until Florida became an American possession and it was destroyed on the orders of […]

Matt Gaetz, Fame Whore Extraordinaire!!

I’ve lived in the Florida Panhandle since 2008, when I moved to the area our Congressman was Jeff Miller. I liked Jeff, we didn’t hear much from Jeff. Since Jeff retired I started thinking, if you don’t hear that much about your Congressional Representatives it means they’re probably working hard for the district.  Jeff did […]

The 1952 Governor’s Election

The historic 1952 Governor’s Race won by Dan McCarty of Fort Pierce, was the first modern campaign in Florida’s History. Like all Florida elections in this period, the real race was in the Democratic Primary. We discuss this election on this week’s Florida History Podcast. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts […]

How Pensacola led to the siege of Yorktown and American victory in the Revolution

Florida was never, until recently has been treated as an equal by American historians. But in recent years more scholarship has demonstrated how Florida was a shining light in the 1600’s, how St Augustine was a more cosmopolitan and “free” city for non-whites in the colonial period and how Florida played a role in the […]

Why we love Florida History

On this week’s Florida History Podcast, episode 100 we discuss why we love Florida History and why we’ve never had a Floridian elected President or Vice President. 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 […]

The Florida History Podcast and Documentaries launches Patreon account

We’ve launched a Patreon account to give exclusive access, bonus episodes, more documentary videos and more for history buffs and others interested in the colorful history of our state. Become a Florida History Patreon today by clicking this link and signing up! For every five dollar donation you receive exclusive Never Before Seen content, that […]

Video: Cypress Creek Trail at Fern Forest Park

The Cypress Creek Trail at the Fern Forest Nature Center is an interesting cross-section of vegetation. The land is preserved and provides a glimpse into what this part of southern Florida looked like before human development. It is part of the broader Fern Forest Nature Center which is one of the great urban parks in […]

The American Revolution in West Florida

For years it was ignored by history books, but recently scholars of the revolution have begun to emphasize the importance of fighting along the Gulf Coast of North America in discussions about the later years of the Revolutionary War. This week on the Florida History Podcast we discuss the Gulf Coast Campaign by Spain and […]

Video: Long Key Natural Area in Davie

Long Key Natural Area is one of the most recently protected areas of southeast Florida, having been opened in 2008. An area once inhabited by Native Americans, it was eventually the site of a failed amusement park on the edge of the Everglades known as Pioneer City, then the Kapok Tree Restaurant before it was […]