Tag Archives: Florida History

The 1702 Siege of St Augustine lifts on December 30

December 30 is the date in 1702 when the English Siege of St Augustine during Queen Anne’s War was lifted. A major event in Florida history. Below is an excerpt summary about this event from my forthcoming book “Albion Florida.” With the war (Queen Anne’s War) now well underway and victory at The Battle of […]

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 […]

William Bartram’s famous East Florida Expedition of 1774 – exploring the St Johns River and the interior of the British colony

NOTE: Kartik Krishnaiyer is currently working on a book about British influence in Colonial Florida. Work on the book was suspended during the 2020 Election season but has now resumed. The following is a passage on William Bartram’s 1774 visit to East Florida, during the period of British rule over the colony. Famous Philadelphia naturalist […]

Florida on the 4th: The Gulf Coast Campaign of the American Revolution

Spain officially entered the war on May 8, 1779 as an ally of the United States and France. The Governor of Spanish Louisiana, Bernardo de Gálvez. On August 27, 1779, Spanish forces set out to capture Baton Rouge.  Fort Bute On September 7, 1779, Spanish forces overwhelmed a small British garrison protecting Fort Bute, giving […]

Florida’s history of urban racial riots and MLK Jr. 1964 St Augustine movement

In this special episode of The Florida History podcast, released early this week due to the civil disobedience and protesting going on nationally in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, we look back at Florida’s history with urban racial strife in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The 1980 Miami riots were the worst urban riots in […]

Ancient Spanish Monastery

This week on The 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. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts our show), Spotify, Google, Apple, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Castro or Pocket Casts. Overcast, Castro, Spotify, Radio Public and Breaker have App Store […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Pork Chop Gang and the birth of modern progressive Florida politics – The Florida History Podcast Episode 6

Episode 6 of The Florida History Podcast focuses on the era of The Pork Chop Gang, a group of rural legislators who controlled the politics of the state tightly until the 1950’s and whose power was not completely broken until the Constitution of 1968. We examine Charley Johns, Senate President, Acting Governor and one of […]