Category Florida History

The Florida History Podcast launches later this month

We have a new addition to The Florida Squeeze. The Florida History Podcast presented by The Florida Squeeze will debut the week of Memorial Day. Each week, Robert Buccellato, acclaimed author of multiple books about Florida History and Kartik Krishnaiyer will tackle a specific topic in Florida History. Motivated by the successful genre of podcast […]

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

We’ve spent a significant amount of time on this site in the past discussing the English/British invasions of Spanish Florida in the early-mid 1700’s. One thing we’ve neglected to discuss with the same time or care is the attempts by American colonists AFTER the British took control of Florida in 1763 and during the second […]

Why don’t Floridians know much about the state’s history?

Of course while writing that headline I had Sam Cooke’s music going through my head. But it’s a serious question… For whatever reason, the rich history of Florida, the first part of the continental United States to be colonized by Europeans, as well as a place with a rich pre-Columbian history is often ignored by […]

The English invasion of Florida and Tallahassee’s Mission San Luis de Apalachee

On several occasions in the past we’ve discussed the 1704 English invasion of Florida on this site, most recently in 2017. So much of the way American history is taught is based around English settlements and the Thirteen Colonies branching outward. But before the thirteen English (then British after the Act of Union in 1707) […]

Eastern Airlines – 30 years since a devastating strike killed the airline

In this article: Politics, union busting, Florida tourism, Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, Frank Lorenzo and more.  It’s been thirty years this week since a devastating strike essentially killed Miami-based Eastern Airlines, which just a few years earlier had been the largest airline in the western world. The downfall of Eastern was not only a […]

Books and Movies: LBJ and MLK Jr.

Having just completed a long foreign trip (much of which was for business) I fell back into a stupor about wanting to read and watch films about the Civil Rights Movement and particularly the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Reading about the movement served as a reminder of the critical role Florida […]

Throwback Thursday: 35 years since the historic first Football National Championship for a Florida school

Thirty five years ago today, the University of Miami were proclaimed the consensus football D1 National Champions – the first of eleven undisputed national titles won by Florida schools. All those titles were won between 1983 and 2013- in that period of the 31 national champions crowned, not only were 11 from Florida but Miami, […]

Throwback Thursday: Apollo 8 from Cape Canaveral to the world

50 years ago today the mission of Apollo 8 ended., It ranks as one of the most important space missions in history and launched from Cape Canaveral On December 21, 1968. Apollo 8 was the first ever space mission to leave the earth’s orbit and to circle the moon. In the process they became the […]

Throwback Thursday: The Civil War in Florida- union blockade

Florida was the least populated state in the Confederacy during the Civil War. But with by far the longest coastline in the nation, the Union had to take seriously the ability of the smugglers to use Florida to get weapons and other raw materials to the Confederate Government. At the outset of the war, the […]

Holiday book recommendation: My Andrew Story

Editors note: Beginning today through Christmas Eve we will recommend a book for holiday gifts each day.  Each of these books have been reviewed before on this site but the narratives are updated for December 2018. Hurricane Andrew’s fury was witnessed by South Dade residents and concerned citizens all over the region. But nobody has a more authoritative and credible voice on all matters Andrew and for that matter Atlantic basin Hurricanes in […]