Category Florida History

Remembering Patrick D. Smith

On this week’s Florida History Podcast, we discuss the legacy of one of the greatest ever writers from Florida – Patrick D. Smith, whose epic work “A Land Remembered” remains the definite historical novel covering the generations of Florida’s growth from statehood to the bustling 1960’s. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which […]

Remembering the 1926 Miami Hurricane which ushered in the Great Depression

In 1926, Southern Florida was impacted by a strong Category 4 storm whose impact went far beyond just the region. When adjusted for inflation its the costliest Hurricane in US history and had a direct impact on the end of the Florida Land Boom and the beginning of the Great Depression. This week on the […]

TFS + early access: DeSantis Jacksonian Republicans vs Biden’s Henry Clay Democrats

Note: This piece will be available for the general public on Saturday afternoon So much of American political discourse these days focuses on a comparison between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton’s views of Government. President Donald Trump’s love of Andrew Jackson, the conqueror of Florida for the United States was no secret. Ron DeSantis has […]

The Florida Land boom and bust of the 1920’s

The Florida Land boom and bust of the 1920’s helped usher in the Great Depression. On this week’s Florida History Podcast we discuss the boom and eventual downturn. Apologies in advance for Robert’s audio, we will have the problem fixed for next week. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts our show), Spotify, Google, Apple […]

25 years ago – The (brief) Florida rebirth of the most famous name in aviation: A photographic history.

In September 1996, less than five years after the original Pan American World Airways had made its last flight (December 4, 1991 from Barbados to Miami) a new airline with the classic name took the skies. The airline was a marriage of the estate of the defunct Eastern Airlines and Florida Businessman Chuck Cobb who […]

What are the Florida Parishes of Louisiana? What was the Republic of West Florida?

This week on the Florida History Podcast we answer both these questions. 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 iPhone if you do not use […]

Florida 1990 – Lawton Chiles, A Walking Legend

Last year we released a film about Governor Lawton Chiles 1990 campaign. The full film in its entirety is below.

The Highwaymen

On this week’s Florida History Podcast we discuss the most Floridian of artists, the famous African-American Highwaymen. 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 iPhone […]

Florida politics during the Civil War

On this week’s Florida History Podcast we discuss the important Government figures and politics during the Civil War 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 […]

Legacy airlines and failed Florida hub/focus cities

Before Southwest Airlines came to dominate domestic traffic from many Florida airports  and long before JetBlue and Spirit even existed, several legacy carriers attempted to set up focus cities (mini Hubs) in the state. Following airline deregulation in 1978, carriers flocked to Florida to fight the traditionally entrenched powers Eastern, Delta and National Airlines in […]