Florida Past

Man and Bike
Photographed in Tallahassee, Florida between 1885 and 1910,
photograph was taken by Alvan S. Harper

Left-Still for making turpentine from tree resin in 1930's
Right-dripping turpentine in the 1890's
photographs of the turpentine camps are from the
collections of Florida State Archives

Among Florida’s native population, the name of Osceola has remained familiar after
more than a century and a half. Osceola was a Seminole war leader who refused to leave
his homeland in Florida. There were three conflicts between Indian people and U.S. troops
in Florida. There is much more to the life of Osceola. This is just a note for
the photograph.
Today, reservations occupied by Florida’s Indian people exist at Immokalee, Hollywood,
Brighton (near the city of Okeechobee), and along the Big Cypress Swamp. In addition
to the Seminole people, Florida also has a separate Miccosukee tribe.
This information is from Florida Division of Historical Resources

Some Florida Facts

1513 - Juan Ponce de Leon arrived and named the land "Pascua Florida" because of its discovery "in the time of the Feast of Flowers."

1586 - Sir Francis Drake, British seafarer, sacked and burned St. Augustine.

1605 - Franciscan friars were the first Florida schoolteachers.

1821 - Andrew Jackson received the East and West Florida from the Spanish authorities.

1830 - Population 34,730 (white 18,395, nonwhite 16,335).

1845 - The Act establishing statehood for Iowa and Florida was approved on March 3, 1845 by the second session of the 28th Congress.

1870 - Population 187,748 (white 96,057, nonwhite 91,691).

1885 - The first Confederate pensions in Florida were authorized and granted to veterans the sum of $5.00 per month.

1889 - A yellow fever epidemic brought creation of the State Board of Health.

1930 - Population 1,468,211 (white 1,035,390, nonwhite 432,821).

1937 - On June 1, Amelia Earhart took off from Miami on the first overwater leg of a round-the-world flight. They disappeared over the Pacific on July 2.

The territories of East and West Florida were transferred from Spain to the United States on July 17, 1821 in Pensacola, Florida. President Monroe named General Andrew Jackson Governor of the territories of Florida. Three months later Jackson left Florida never to return. William DuVal was appointed the first civil Governor of Florida. He was followed by John Eaton, Richard Keith Call, Robert Reid, Richard Call again, and John Branch.

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