One might say that in the nineteenth century Americans discovered Florida. Fascinated with the abundant sunshine and the beauty of its flora and fauna, a steady progression of visitors tantalized the rest of the country with an "Edenic" image of the peninsula. Just one of the many travelers who journeyed to Florida, Harriet Beecher Stowe set the tone in the early 1870s with a description that made it practically irresistible to Americans of means: "The great charm, after all, of this life, is its outdoorness. To be able to spend your winter days out of doors, even though some days be cold; to be able to sit with windows open; to hear birds daily; to eat fruit from trees, and pick flowers from hedges, all winter long-is about the whole of the story."
Thompson, Tommy R.
"Florida in American Popular Magazines 1870-1970,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 82:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol82/iss1/3