In the course of the first seven decades of the nineteenth century Floridians lived under Spanish rule (1784-1821) and spent more than two decades as a territory of the United States before gaining statehood. Florida joined the Confederate States during the Civil War. By the time Florida re-emerged from Reconstruction, the modern world of railroads, industrial capitalism, and urbanization characterized the United States. The essays that constitute this special issue document the transformation of Florida from its colonial period through the era of slavery, the Seminole and Civil wars to the post-emancipation rise of an African American physician. Future scholars will benefit from both the historiographic essay by James G. Cusick and the literary review by Maurice O'Sullivan.
Lester, Connie L.
"500 Years of Florida History - The Nineteenth Century to 1877,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 94:
3, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol94/iss3/3