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A Brief Bibliography of Florida History

All titles are available at the State Library of Florida.

Contact your local public library to borrow these and other titles on Florida's history. If titles are not available, items may be borrowed from the State Library through the interlibrary loan system.

  • Florida cowman: a history of Florida cattle raising by Joe A. Akerman (Jimbob Printing Inc., 1989).
  • Florida's past: people and events that shaped the state, V. 1, 2, 3 by Gene M. Burnett (Pineapple Press, c1988).
    Readable and informative essays on Florida history.
  • Florida: a short history  by Michael V. Gannon (University Press of Florida, c1993).
    A compact (168 pp.) history using the oldest records and physical remains of Europe in   America and the latest in technology and space to encapsulate the story of Florida.
  • The new history of Florida by Michael V. Gannon (University Press of Florida, c 1996).
    Twenty-two noted historians and anthropologists contributed to this work, the first comprehensive history of the state in 25 years. Writing for both lay and scholarly audiences, the authors present not only political, economic, military, and religious information but also social history and personal experiences.
  • Apalachee: the land between the rivers  by John H. Hann (University Presses of Florida: University of Florida Press/Florida State Museum, c1988).
    The focus in this work is on the Apalachee Indians and their interactions with the Spanish during the historic period.
  • History of the Second Seminole War, 1835-1842 by John K. Mahon (University Presses of Florida, 1991, c1967).
    Sets the Second Seminole War in its broad historical context and demonstrates the close connection between the coming of this Indian war and the general issue of Negro slavery.
  • Indian mounds of the Atlantic coast: a guide to sites from Maine to Florida by Jerry N. McDonald (McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, c1987).
    A guide to the extant publicly accessible mounds, earthworks, shell middens, stone structures, and other artificial landscape features built by American Indians in the Atlantic Coast Region of the U.S.
  • Archaeology of Precolumbian Florida  by Jerald T. Milanich (University Press of Florida, c1994).
    This record of precolumbian Florida brings to life the 12,000- year story of the native American Indians who lived in the state. Describes the indigenous cultures and explains why they developed as they did. Richly illustrated.
  • Florida Indians and the invasion from Europe  by Jerald T. Milanich (University Press of Florida(1995)).
    Focusing on the native peoples of Florida and their interactions with Spanish and French explorers and colonists, the author describes the massive cultural change that transpired as a result of these contacts.
  • Yesterday's Florida by Nixon Smiley (E.A. Seemann Publishers (1974)).
    Over 500 historic photographs, many of them never published before, record visually the  heritage that history has bestowed on today's Floridians, natives or recent arrivals alike.
  • A history of Florida  by Charlton W. Tebeau (University of Miami Press, 1980).
    Florida, its history and people, panoramically portrayed in an illuminating text and over 100 photographs, maps, and drawings.