It’s that time of year again…
As cool winter breezes penetrate deeper into the Florida peninsula with each passing cold front, mainlanders begin to yearn for something a little more tropical.
For a lucky few, Key West has become part of the winter routine. Those with the wherewithal to venture down to the southernmost city during the colder months may be unaware of the island’s early history, when Key West was plagued by everything from malaria to water shortages and fire to hurricanes.
Read the full blog: http://floridamemory.com/blog/2013/12/05/early-views-of-key-west/
Polly Parker escaped deportation during the Third Seminole War and laid the foundation for the modern Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Read the full blog: http://floridamemory.com/blog/2013/12/03/polly-parker-survivor/
On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
Read more of this blog and see more photos and videos: http://floridamemory.com/blog/2013/11/22/jfk-assassination-november-22-1963/
The State Archives’ Florida Folklife Collection is among the projects featured in a new sustainability study focusing on digitization. The study, conducted by Nancy Moran of Ithaka S+R, in partnership with the Association of Research Libraries, details the history of the Folklife Collection and the ongoing efforts by the State Archives to make materials from the collection accessible via the Florida Memory website.
Read more of this blog post: http://floridamemory.com/blog/2013/11/20/folklife-collection-spotlighted-in-national-study/
With its long coastline, numerous bays, inlets, and treacherous reefs, Florida presented unique problems for the creation and enforcement of maritime law.
One consequence of Florida’s coastal geography and proximity to the Caribbean was that the territory served as a frequent terminus for the illicit slave trade. Although the international slave trade was formally abolished in 1808, slave catchers continued to kidnap African people and transport them across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas. Such illegal trafficking in human cargo provoked the case United States vs. Schooner Emperor.
Read the rest of this blog: http://floridamemory.com/blog/2013/11/18/united-states-vs-schooner-emperor-1839/
Our latest podcast features music and tall tales from Florida fiddler and story teller Richard Seaman (1904-2002).
Seaman was born on an orange grove in Kissimmee, Florida. While attending community gatherings as a young boy, he listened to local fiddlers as people square danced into the night. These experiences motivated him to pick up the fiddle and learn the craft. This environment was also conducive to the telling of “tall tales,” which Seaman later recounted and delivered to captivated audiences with an intuitive flair.
Find the full blog and podcast here: http://floridamemory.com/blog/2013/11/14/an-old-time-florida-fiddler/
President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919 as the first Armistice Day. Wilson hoped the day would serve as a reminder to the American people of the terrible cost of World War I, dubbed “the war to end all wars” by the British author H.G. Wells.
View more photos from this blog: http://floridamemory.com/blog/2013/11/11/veterans-day/