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Florida History

General Florida History

Florida Dept. of State, State Library & Archives, History & Culture
Photographic Collection, Florida Facts & Symbols, Genealogy, Governor's Mansion, Libraries, Museum of Florida History ...
Florida Facts and History
State of Florida website featuring information on State Symbols, Florida's many historic flags, History and more detailed Historical Reports on certain topics. Also includes some statistical information and quick facts (geographical, historical and population).
Florida Handbook
The print volumes of the Florida Handbook from 1947-2012 are now available through the FSU Digital Library!
Florida Heritage Collection: Florida History Timeline
Online sources organized by key time periods in Florida History
Florida Heritage Collection: Florida Counties
Historical online sources organized by county
Florida Heritage Collection: Florida Themes
Online sources grouped by general subject areas
Florida Historical Quarterly
A journal of Florida History published four times a year by The Florida Historical Society. This link, provided through the Publications of Archival Library and Museum Materials (PALMM) site, provides access to all Florida Historical Quarterly issues available online through the Florida Heritage Collection. If you click on "Browse Issues", a list of issues will be generated starting with the most current available and then working back to the first. There is also a search function at the top of the page which should help you find specific articles on topics of interest.
Florida State Archives: Florida Memory Project
Provides educational resources for students of all ages, and makes available collections for historical research.
A searchable image database of over 100,000 online photographs.
Florida Memory : Highlights of Florida History
An online exhibit of significant State Archives documents representing some of Florida's defining moments.
Florida Memory : Timeline
An interactive timeline of people and events featured on the Florida Memory Site.
Publications of Archival & Museum Materials (PALMM) Collections
A initiative of the public universities of Florida to provide digital access to important source materials for research and scholarship. PALMM projects create high-quality virtual collections relevant to the students, research community and general citizenry of Florida. This link will take you to PALMM's main page, which also includes more detailed descriptions of the resources available through its many individual digital collections.
RootsWeb: Florida State History and Genealogy Resources
Serves primarily as a online clearinghouse for people interested in conducting and sharing genealogy research. However the site also has a lengthy directory of local and state history links organized by state. This link connects you to the Florida state and local history portion of the directory.

Florida Native Americans

Seminole Indian History
State of Florida site which provides a good overview of the Seminole Indians and their tribal history. Also includes information on the Seminole Wars and Seminole Indian Leaders.
Seminole Tribe of Florida
Official site of the Seminole Indian tribe. Contains sections covering History, Culture, Tribal Government, among other areas.

Florida & the Civil War

Battle of Olustee
The Olustee Battlefield State Historic Site commemorates the largest Civil War battle in Florida. This site offers detailed information not only on the battle itself, but also on the units that were involved. Strategy, tactics, biographies and pictures of key participants, as well as papers, diaries and reminisces, are also highlighted here.
Civil War Sites in Florida
Developed by the National Park Service as part of their American Battlefield Protection Program. Interactive site which will allow you to click on Civil War sites in Florida and find summary information on each site's history and key participants.
Florida Heritage Collection: Civil War in Florida 1861-1865
Link to the Florida Heritage Collection's group of Civil War related online sources. This link connects you to a short history of Florida's role in the Civil War, followed by a link to the collection's online titles.
Florida in the Civil War
The information contained in these web pages was adapted from the temporary exhibit "Florida in the Civil War," displayed at the Museum of Florida History from December 1997 to May 1998. Many of the components from this exhibit are now displayed in the Civil War area of the Museum's Main Gallery.
Museum of Florida History: Florida in the Civil War, 1861-1865
Developed by the State of Florida describing the state's role in the Civil War. The information contained in these web pages was adapted from the temporary exhibit "Florida in the Civil War," displayed at the Museum of Florida History from December 1997 to May 1998. Many of the components from this exhibit are now displayed in the Civil War area of the Museum's Main Gallery. Site also includes photographs, maps and a bibliography of additional text sources.

Jacksonville & First Coast History

Florida History Online
This is an educational website produced by students and faculty of the University of North Florida. The history of northeast Florida and southeast Georgia is provided. Lesson plans, transcribed primary documents, scholarly analysis and current aerial and ground photos of historical locations described are also provided. The site currently covers 100 years beginning with the travels of John and William Bartram in 1765 and continues to the end of the American Civil War. Emphasis is on the development and operation of indigo and rice plantations by the British.
History of Jacksonville, By T. Frederick Davis
An online book. Excellent resource by local author on Jacksonville History from 1513 to 1924. This link connects you to the online version available through the Florida Heritage Collection. Both Circulating and Reference Desk (non circulating) copies also available through Jacksonville Public Library.
Jacksonville City Directories, 1876-1925
City Directories offer a wealth of information for Local History and Genealogy research, including where people lived, their occupation, name of spouse and who lived nearby. Local business information is also available.
Jacksonville Historical Maps: 1876 Jacksonville Panoramic Map
Library of Congres mapss collection, a part of its American Memory Collection.
Jacksonville Historical Maps: 1893 Jacksonville Panoramic Map
Library of Congres mapss collection, a part of its American Memory Collection.
Jacksonville in Flames!
A University of Florida Library's Department of Special Collections online exhibit which combines two sources, images from Jacksonville in Flames with text from Acres of Ashes to recreate an account of the catastrophe better known as Jacksonville's Great Fire of 1901.
Maple Leaf Civil War Shipwreck
In the early morning darkness of April 1, 1864, a Union Army transport, the Maple Leaf, returning from Palatka and bound for Jacksonville, struck a torpedo off Mandarin Point and sunk in 25 feet of water. This site is devoted solely to the ship, its history, and archeological efforts to raise artifacts from the wreck. Photographs, a bibliography and articles pertaining to the Maple Leaf specifically and the Civil War on the St. Johns River, are also included.

Jacksonville Area Historical Parks & National Monuments

Northeast Florida is home to many parks, both National and State operated, with historical themes. You will find links to the areas' most prominent parks listed below, along with a short description for each.
Fort Caroline National Monument
Created to memorialize the Sixteenth Century French effort to establish a permanent colony in Florida.
Kingsley Plantation
Located on Fort George Island, named for Zephaniah Kingsley, who operated the property from 1813-1839. The site includes the plantation house, a kitchen house, a barn, and the ruins of 25 of the original slave cabins.
Fort Clinch State Park
The site, on Amelia Island at the entrance to the St. Mary's River and the Cumberland Sound, has been occupied by various military troops since 1736. A pentagonal brick fort with both inner and outer walls, Fort Clinch was a safe haven for blockade runners during the Civil War. Briefly occupied by Confederate forces, its recapture by Federal troops in early 1862 gave the Union control of the adjacent Georgia and Florida coasts.
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
The Castillo de San Marcos, built 1672-1695, served primarily as an outpost of the Spanish Empire, guarding St. Augustine, the first permanent European settlement in the continental United States, and also protecting the sea route for treasure ships returning to Spain.
Fort Matanzas National Monument
This Spanish outpost fort was built in 1740-1742 to guard the Matanzas Inlet and to warn St. Augustine of British or other enemies approaching from the south.
Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve
The 46,000 acre Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve was established to protect one of the last unspoiled coastal wetlands on the Atlantic Coast, and to preserve historic and prehistoric sites within the area.