The Florida History Podcast Mar 21, 2023
Episode 226: Fort Mose
We discuss Fort Mose, which beyond being a defensive fort around St Augustine was the first free African-American settlement in what is now the USA.
Episode 225: The Castillo de San Marcos and defending St Augustine
In our second episode of our series on Florida forts we discuss the Castillo de San Marcos and defending Spanish St Augustine of the colonial period.
Episode 224: Fort Caroline
We kick off our series on Florida forts with Fort Caroline which is now a National Monument in Duval County.
Kartik's new book: Florida and the American Revolution
Kartik's new book Florida and the American Revolution is now for sale at Amazon.com!
Trailer: Florida's Forts
Episode 223: Connecting Colonial Florida with today
Episode 222: Kartik on Beyond Politics discussing Florida
We take a week off from history to replay Kartik's recent appearance on the Beyond Politics podcast discussing Ron DeSantis reset and why Donald Trump is (at the time of this podcast) cruising to renomination by the GOP.
We'll return to history discussions next week.
Episode 221: Talking Climate Action with a former GOP Congressman
We divert from history this week to talk Climate Action and policy solutions with former Congressman Bob Inglis (R-SC) who runs an organization that is seeking to facilitate free market solutions to the Climate Change crisis. He's focusing heavily, as you would expect on Florida.
Episode 220: Robert Buccellato discusses his sequel to Rum Runners and Moonshiners of Old Florida
On August 4, Robert Buccellato's sequel to Rum Runners and Moonshiners of Old Florida will be released. We discuss why a second book which focuses more on south Florida and other issues related to prohibition and the depression era in Florida.
Episode 219: Kartik Krishnaiyer discusses his new book
In Episode 219 Kartik Krishnaiyer discusses his new book which dives into Florida's interactions with the British in the pre Revolutionary War period. Included in this discussion is the critical role runaway slaves played in Florida making the colony fundamentally different in the colonial period than the rest of North America. Krishnaiyer also discusses the cosmopolitan aspect of St Augustine when compared to other North American cities of the 1600's and 1700's.
Episode 218: The Battles of the Loxahatchee River
Josh Liller joins us once again this week, this time to discuss the 1838 Battles of the Loxahatchee River, the last traditional set piece battles of the Second Seminole War.
Episode 217: History of the Jupiter Lighthouse and Jupiter Inlet
We're joined by Josh Liller the Historian and Collections Manager for the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum to discuss the Jupiter Lighthouse and its unique history as well as the role General George Meade played in its construction, the history of World War II operations in the area and the historic museum and exhibits on the ground.
Kartik's New Book: Florida and the British before the American Revolution
Check out Kartik Krishnaiyer's new book which is available for Kindle or in Paperback on Amazon today!
Episode 216: Fort Jefferson
Ryan Ray joins us to discuss one of the most unique and important locations in Florida- Fort Jefferson and Dry Tortugas National Park.
Episode 215: Jackson governs Florida and series loose ends
We discuss Florida's cession to the United States, Jackson as territorial governor and other loose ends.
Episode 214: Diplomacy and controversy around Jackson's Invasion
The Monroe Administration is split on Jackson's invasion of Florida. Some like John C. Calhoun despite being proponents of slavery are concerned about the reaction from the British and the Spanish. But an unlikely source comes to Jackson's rescue.
Episode 213: Andrew Jackson invades Florida
We get into the heart of the Jackson conquest of Florida. Illegal encroachment on Spanish-held territory and racially-motivated brutality against runaway slaves as well as Seminole people characterize this period. We also discuss the influence of Britain on the conflict and their relationship with the native people of Florida and Georgia.
Episode 212: Jackson encroaches into Florida in 1814
The Spanish had invited the British to garrison troops in Pensacola in 1814. Meanwhile Andrew Jackson is fighting Creek Native Americans in Georgia and pursues them into Florida illegally. Britain and the US are in a declared war. You can guess what happens next. Jackson defeats the British and Spanish in Pensacola and begins his five year conquest of what remains of Spanish Florida.
Episode 211: The US eyes conquering East Florida
In 1812 the Madison Administration tacitly backed a hostile rebellion in East Florida.
Episode 210: Rebellion in West Florida, US annexation
We discuss the short-lived Republic of West Florida and the US annexation of areas of Florida west of the Perdido River. These locales are now in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
Episode 209: Florida and Louisiana Purchase
In the second episode of our series on Andrew Jackson and the Conquest of Florida, we discuss The Louisiana Purchase and how it impacted Florida. US negotiators were more interested in acquiring Florida than the vast wilderness of the west at the time.
Episode 208: Andrew Jackson steals Florida - Overview
On our first pod of a new series, we discuss why the United States was so committed to stealing Florida from Spain in the early 1800's. We cover the period from the Revolution until the 1820's in this series and discuss the broader themes we will explore in future pods in this episode.
Episde 207: Kartik on Beyond Politics talking Florida since 2000 Part 2
Part 2 of the Beyond Politics discussion we started last week.
Episode 206: Kartik on Beyond Politics talking recent Florida History (Part 1)
For the next two weeks we're going to play part one and part two of Kartik's recent appearance on the Beyond Politics podcast discussing Florida's evolution from progressive state in the 1970's, to neoliberal/DLC state in the 1980's and 1990's to competitive leans conservative state in the 2000's to Tea Party state in the 2010's and MAGA Central in the 2020's.
Episode 205: The women that made southern Florida
We discuss Julia Tuttle and Bertha Palmer today on the Florida History Podcast, and discuss how both coaxed the railroads on either coast south from their previous terminus' (West Palm Beach and Tampa) toward to Miami and Sarasota.
Episode 204: May Mann Jennings
We discuss one of the most remarkable female Floridians of all time, May Mann Jennings, First Lady from 1901-1905, who became a leading conservationist and activist as well.
Episode 203: Ruth Bryan Owen
We discuss Florida's first female member of Congress, who was the daughter of one of most famous political figures in American history.
Episode 202: Zora Neale Hurston
Continuing our Women's History Month theme we discuss Zora Neale Hurston, one of the most famous Floridians in multiple fields.
Episode 201: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Marjory Stoneman Douglas
This week for Women's History Month 2023 we talk about two very famous Florida women who were both writers.
Episode 200: Marjorie Harris Carr and Environmentalism
On this Women's History Month themed Florida History Podcast we discuss Marjorie Harris Carr's fight against the Cross Florida Barge Canal and her impact in influencing the politics of Florida.
Episode 199: Frederick Douglass visits Florida in 1889
We discuss the 1889 visit to Florida of Frederick Douglass one of the greatest Americans in history.
Episode 198: Florida and the march to the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Florida played a large role in the Civil Rights Movement - and was a critical stage in the fight over the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Episode 197: Lynchings, Harry T. Moore murder and Sheriff Willis McCall
We continue our Black History Month series with a look at a dark, dark period in Florida's History. The 1920's until the 1960's. Key figures are NAACP President Harry T. Moore who was the victim of an assassination in Titusville in 1951 and Lake County Sheriff Willis McCall whose control over local police departments in Central Florida and connections to the Ku Klux Klan allowed Florida to be the lynching capital of the United States in this period.
Episode 196: Escaping slavery through Florida to British territories in the 19th Century
In this second episode of our Black History Month 2023 series, we discuss runaway slaves escaping to British-held territories in the 1800's.
Episode 195 - Runaway slaves, a free African-American settlement and war
To kick of Black History Month at the Florida History Podcast we discuss several topics we have previously touched upon in greater detail - the impact of runaway slaves on Spanish Florida in the 18th Century, the free black settlement of Fort Mose and the critical role free African-Americans took in defending Florida from British conquest.
Episode 194: Bulow Plantation
The Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park is in Flagler County and yields a lot of history to discuss from the early 1800's in Florida.
Episode 193: The State University System
We discuss the history of Florida's State University System which was founded in 1905.
Episode 192: The first Presidential visit to Tallahassee
We discuss President McKinley's 1899 visit to Tallahassee, including the State Capitol and Florida A&M University. This was the first ever Presidential visit to Florida's capital city.
Episode 191: Mary McLeod Bethune
In this episode of The Florida History Podcast we look back at the enormous contributions of Mary McLeod Bethune, who the state has honored as a designee in Statuary Hall at the Capitol in Washington DC.
Episode 190: The decline of Florida Democrats 1990-2022
Ryan Ray, Chair of the Leon Democrats joins us to discuss the collapse of the Democratic Party in Florida elections.
Episode 189 - The early days of the Florida Turnpike
We discuss the events leading up to the opening of the Sunshine State Parkway (now Florida's Turnpike) in 1957 and then changes to the road in the 1960's.
Episode 188: Sinking of the Commodore during the Cuban Revolution
On New Years Eve 1896, a ship with a famous passenger, Stephen Crane and lots of armaments for Cuban revolutionaries left Jacksonville for Havana. It never made it. We tell the story in this podcast.
Episode 187: The 1715 Treasure Fleet and Henry Jennings
We discuss the famous 1715 Treasure Fleet which washed up near modern day Vero Beach and the character of Henry Jennings a British privateer. turned pirate who was instrumental in the theft of some of the riches from the fleet.
Episode 186: Ocala Fire of 1883
In a short episode this week, we discuss the 1883 Ocala Fire which destroyed two luxury hotels and six city blocks. Ocala was a frontier town at the time but was rebuilt and became a key Florida city in the aftermath.
Episode 185: Koreshan Unity
On Episode 185 we discuss the Koreshan Unity a religious movement that empowered women that set up a town on the banks of the Estero River in Lee County. The area is now part of the Koreshan State Historic Park.
Episode 184- Building the Overseas Railroad
On this episode we discuss the building of the Overseas Railroad from Miami to Key West - an engineering marvel.
Episode 183: Jeb Bush wins the 1998 governor's race- ushers in new era
In this week's Florida History Podcast, we dive into Jeb Bush historic 1998 victory that ushered in an era of GOP dominance at the state level.
Episode 182: The Governor's Election of 1986
Bob Martinez is elected in a banner GOP year that began the state's drift toward the GOP.
Episode 181: Voting Rights and minority access protection in Jacksonville / Duval County
A special treat this week on The Florida History Podcast as Voting Rights Attorney Nick Warren, from the ACLU Florida joins us to take us through the odyssey of voting rights in Jacksonville and Duval County since the 1967 consolidation charter up until today and the court decision regarding City Council and School Board districts.
Episode 180: The 1970 Governor's Race
1970 was supposed to be a banner GOP year in Florida. But infighting turned Republican against Republican, and led to a banner Democratic year headlined by Reubin Askew's rout of sitting Governor Claude Kirk.