Tag: Florida History
- Page through the treasure trove of fiction set all or partly in Florida and you’ll see glimpses of humanity in all of its facets, from the fishing- captain-turned-smuggler of Ernest Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not to the Bigtree family of alligator wrestlers invented by Miami native Karen Russell, in a debut novel that earned a 2011 Pulitzer Prize nomination.
- From Little Havana to Ybor City, Florida has a serious history with the cigar industry, and the future is anything but smoky. Check out our favorite stores to buy the best cigars in Miami and Tampa from our special Viva Florida 500 issue, celebrating 500 years of Florida.
- Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon named the state La Florida, the land of flowers, when he disembarked here during the Easter season in 1513. This spring, brighten your home with Florida-grown orchids.
- Visit the African Cemetery in Key West on March 24 to remember those who died in the Transatlantic slave trade.
- Ready to experience Old Florida life with cowboys, soldiers and pioneers? Make plans to visit the Old Florida Festival at the Collier Museum in Naples on March 9-10.
- What was life like for the soldiers during the Civil War at Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West? Find out at Civil War Heritage Days with over 100 re-enactors, battling on land and sea, complete with booming cannons and artillery demonstrations.
- Woohoo! VISIT FLORIDA is giving away one vacation prize pack per week all through 2013 in their "500 Years of Adventure Sweepstakes!" Find out how to enter to win, and then leave your mark on Florida's 500 years of history at Share Your Florida Story.
- Have you seen the famous six-toed cats at the Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West? Descendants of the famous writer's felines won't let a courtroom loss affect their pampered status at the tourist spot.
- The Dade's Battle Reenactment returns to Bushnell on Jan. 5 and 6. The event marks the Second Seminole War battle, where Seminole Indians fought U.S. soldiers under the command of Maj. Francis L. Dade on Dec. 28, 1835. But the state park that hosts the event is a great place for nature fans to visit any time of the year. Find out why.