A Brief


Behind Florida’s modern veneer lies a long and rich past, molded by many different nationalities and cultures. Tourism has driven development since the mid-20th century, but not without consequences for the Sunshine State’s rich natural environment.

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t An illustration of West Palm Beach from 1915.

First Inhabitants

Humans first arrived in Florida after the last Ice Age and for some 11,500 years were split into many small groups. Some remained nomadic hunter-gatherers, while others developed permanent settlements along Florida’s rivers and rich seaboard.

Spanish Florida

After sighting Florida ...

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