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Clearwater: A History.

Many of you will take a day trip to Clearwater during your time in the Orlando area and I thought I would give you a potted history of this lovely Gulf Coast city. Until 1885, Clearwater was known as Clear Water Harbor; no doubt this was insp...
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St Petersburg: A History

In the 19th century, a gentleman called General John Williams acquired 2500 acres of land in the south east part of (what we now know as) Pinellas County. John had a vision to create a beautiful place to live and play with wide sunny streets to add t...
Viewed 2896 times since 30 March 2010.

The Appalachians in Florida

The Appalachian Indian were the Native Americans who lived in an area that went from the Georgia state line to the Gulf of Mexico. At one time there was as many as 50000 Appalachians living in smallish village groups. What was considered to be a larg...
Viewed 3058 times since 22 October 2009.

The Tequesta people of Florida

The Tequesta Indians lived in the South East corner Florida in the Miami Dade and Florida Keys areas. There were only 800 of this tribe which may go towards how they were pushed from pillar to post in the latter part of their history. They ha...
Viewed 5091 times since 13 October 2009.

Chalet Suzanne....a history

If you have visited Florida then you have probably heard of Chalet Suzanne and may have even visited this enchanting place. The history of this charming place merits an article of its own. Chalet Suzanne was founded by Carl and Bertha Hinshaw...
Viewed 3306 times since 13 October 2009.

Calusa Indians

The Native Americans known as the Calusa Indians inhabited the south west coast of Florida. The word Calusa means fierce people and they certainly lived up to their name. They were pro active in repelling other Indian tribes. In the days that the Spa...
Viewed 3382 times since 11 October 2009.

The Jeagas in Florida.

The Jeaga Indian tribe lived on what is now known as Palm Beach County. You may also have heard them called geiga, xega or jobe Unlike their peace loving neighbours the Tequesta, the Jeagans were war like aggresive and frightening. At one point their...
Viewed 3416 times since 6 October 2009.

The Seminole Indians of Florida

The Native Americans known as the Seminole Indians are an amalgamation of the Hitchitis, Oconees, Creeks and Micosukees. The coming together of these once separate tribes happend in the 18th century. It is good to note that some of the slaves escaped...
Viewed 2906 times since 6 October 2009.

The Creek Indian of Florida

The Creek Indians were the Native Americans who were so named by the first European settlers. Originally they were called Istrichata but after the first white settlers arrived, they re named themselves Muskogee. They lived in homes arranged a...
Viewed 3179 times since 6 October 2009.

Florida Chickees

Chickees were homes built by the Seminole Indians Chickee was the Seminole name for home. These simple homes were created to be built fast when the Seminoles were fleeing from the U. S. troops. They were built from easily availble materials and could...
Viewed 2950 times since 6 October 2009.

Tamiami Trail

The Tamiami Trail is part of the U. S. 41 that goes from Miami to Michigan by way of Georgia, Tennesse, Indiana, Illinois. Wisconsin and Michigan. You may be surprised to know that the Tamiami Trail was completed almost a quarter of a century...
Viewed 3061 times since 4 September 2009.

Mary Queen of the Universe Shrine

The Shrine dedicated to Mary, Queen of the Universe was built as a place of worship for the 5 million Catholic tourists who come to Orlando annually. The Shrine provides the opportunity for worship, teaching and witness. This Central Florida ...
Viewed 4404 times since 20 August 2009.

A walking tour of Historic Orlando

Downtown Historic Orlando is 8 blocks of buildings that tell the commercial and local government story of this City. The buildings were constructed between the 1880s and the 1940s This area has been designated a Historic area which has served ...
Viewed 3260 times since 11 August 2009.

T H Stone Memorial Park

The T. H. Stone Memorial St Joseph Peninsula State Park is istuated in Port St Joe on Cap San Blas Rd. This area was once occupied by those Native Americans known as The Weedon Culture. This would have been from around 5000 to 2000 A. D. so t...
Viewed 2783 times since 11 August 2009.

Choctaw people

The Florida Choctaw Indian was the Native American who lived in the north west area of Florida (now known as the pan handle) The name derives from one of their most respected chiefs who was called Chatha and somehow this became Choctaw. Choct...
Viewed 3563 times since 11 August 2009.

Timucuans

The Native Americans were the most important part of Floridas history and here is a little about the Timucuan Indians who lived from approximately 3000 years ago to as recently as the 18th century. They were settled mainly in the northern are...
Viewed 2841 times since 11 August 2009.

The Ais people of Florida

The Ais (or Ay) Indians lived on the Atlantic Coast of Florida from Cape Canaveral to Port Lucie. They were later also known as Indians of the Coast or Indian de la Costa. It is thought that this dominant tribe lived in the area from aroung 2000 year...
Viewed 6957 times since 11 August 2009.

Miccosukee people of Florida

Miccosukee people were originally part of the Muskogee tribe of Native Americans. They came to Florida by way of Tennesse, then the Carolinas and finally settled in Florida in the eighteenth century. It is thought that their name was bestowed...
Viewed 3060 times since 7 August 2009.

The State Nicknames Part 1

There are 50 states in the USA, and most of them have a nickname, which reflects the various characteristics of that state. If you look at licence plates on cars as you travel around the Orlando area, or further afield in Florida, you will see many p...
Viewed 3379 times since 5 August 2009.

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