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Florida... the Story Continues

A project on the rich history of Florida!
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Nina King

on 23 October 2012

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Transcript of Florida... the Story Continues

1513: Juan Ponce de Leon (1460-1521)
arrives at the mouth of the St. Johns River 1845: Florida Becomes A State Because of de Leon's discovery, the state of Florida was
seen as another place to colonized. He tried to, in fact, establish a Spanish colony. There were many failures
on the Spaniards part. The colony was attacked by natives. Before Ponce de Leon could try again, he
was stopped by death. He received a mortal
wound during the attack. This is definitely an important event. This was when Florida became a part of the United States. On March 3, 1845, Florida became a state. It was not, however, a slave free state. A few years earlier, Florida had created a constitution. The capital of Florida has an interesting story behind it.
Two explorers met on a rise, or hill, the natives called Tallahassee. The capital of any state is important to its development. As a symbol of the beginning of that growth, a capital building was erected in 1826. The building was replaced, and the new one still stands today. PLACES: 1912: Flagler's Railway
Extends to Key West Florida... The Story Continues PEOPLE EVENTS PLACES: 1823: Tallahassee Becomes Florida's Capital Many countries, if not all, depend on railways. An important step in Florida's history was made by Henry Flagler. His Florida East Coast Railway ran from Jacksonville along the Atlantic Coast to Miami and through the Everglades to Key West. It took time, nearly 20 years, to construct the railway. Before the railway, the only way to travel to Key West was by boat. Unfortunately, a hurricane destroyed the railway in 1935. In 19838 the railway was rebuilt, thankfully, with the foundations. PEOPLE: 1880: Henry B. Plant (1819-1899) Becomes A Florida Railroad Tycoon Plant's "railroad empire" probably helped with Florida's economy. His systems of railroads became essential for moving Florida's produce to customers in the North. He made an excellent decision in buying the bankrupt railroad companies. He did this after the Civil War, when supplies and food were in high demand. His empire controlled more than 2,100 miles of track throughout the South, with Tampa Bay as its headquarters. EVENT: 1834- PRESENT: Railroads Open Florida To New Growth Florida's tourism industry is a powerful force almost year-round. Thanks to Henry B. Plant and Henry Flagler, they spurred on Florida's population. At first, their railways connected Florida's farms to Northern markets. This provided a way for people to visit Florida. Trains still do this today, but on a smaller scale. PLACES: 1700-1900: Cattle Industry Thrives In Florida After the Civil War, food and supplies were in desperate need. Florida probably had the first cattle in North America. This was beneficial because these herds thrived. The first cattle industries in America were in thanks to these herds. More beef was supplied from Florida to the Confederate and Union troops then from any other region. This helped Florida's cattle industry for the next thirty years. EVENT: 1880-PRESENT: Discovery of Phosphate In Florida Triggers A Mining Boom and Growth of An Important Industry Florida has many luscious plants and flowers growing naturally. An organic mineral, known as phosphate, grows in abundance. Phosphate is used as a fertilizer, so it helps the plants that grow. Florida provides about 80% of the phosphate used in the United States. These phosphate mines are important not only to our country, but others as well. PEOPLE: 1862: Confederate Soldier Robert Watson From Savannah Writes About The Civil War Any clues or items left behind from those before our time is amazing. A quote or picture is another piece to the mysterious puzzle we call history. The journal entry from this soldier helps us better understand his thinking. We are fortunate enough to have discovered preserved artifacts, and the technology to properly study them. BY: Nina King
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