Part II: The Straits of Florida — Wrecking’s Fertile Waters

Note: The Straits of Florida were also referred to as the “Gulf” in the 19th Century. On a map, the Straits of Florida look unassuming—a saltwater segue connecting the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.  However, this is not…

Part I: “The Wrecker’s Song”

Traditional folk songs serve as a great resource for those who wish to learn more about Florida history and culture.  This nugget of truth is often overlooked by scholars, writers, and so on, which is unfortunate, for many of these…

Commentary: Social Media Purple Out

By Tanja Clendinen On Wednesday, more than a quarter of Floridians (Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Methodist)1 embarked on a 40-day spiritual journey–the liturgical Season of Lent. A time of reflection and preparation for Easter through self-examination, fasting, penance,…

The Florida Frontier: “Wilder Than The West”

The Florida frontier — especially in the years immediately following the Civil War — was a hardscrabble mix of Appalachia and the American West in which family feuds and cattle wars were common. According to Dana Ste. Claire, “In many…

Florida Views: The St. Johns River

By Scott K. Sholl The St. Johns River is a hydrological paradox. Like the state it lies within, the St. Johns has represented different things to different people over time, as evidenced by its multiple names through history: Welaka (River…