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Part I: Boats of Florida’s History

Seminole family in a dugout canoe near Miami, Florida, ca. 1910. Courtesy of Library of Congress. By James A. Padgett Florida’s identity is obviously connected to the water, whether seas, lakes, or streams. So it is no surprise that boating…

Links of Note: ‘Florida Soul’ and Other News

Ray Charles in 1968. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Review: John Capouya’s History of ‘Florida Soul’ Entertains (Tampa Bay Times) When we think about classic soul and R&B music, we probably think of Detroit and Philadelphia, Chicago and Memphis. But we…

Book Review: Osceola’s Legacy

 “Osceola’s Legacy” By Patricia Wickman Reviewed By Austin Croup ©1991 The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, 288 pages Suppose you were to ask somebody on the street today to name the first famous Native American. In Florida, more likely than…