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The east coast of Florida is paradise regained.
The East Coast of Florida is Paradise Regained.
1 map.
[S.l.], 1898.
Geography and Map Division.
Call Number:
G3931.P3 1898 .B4 TIL

Related Resources

American Folklife Center

Folklife in Your State: Florida

The collections of the American Folklife Center contain large amounts of rich and varied materials from Florida that document the diversity of the state's folk traditions. Florida's Local Legacies Projects, an exploration of local traditions and celebrations, and a Lecture Webcast from the Florida native Stetson Kennedy are available on the Center's Web page.

America's Library

America's Library is especially designed for elementary and middle school students.

Explore the States: Florida

Jump Back in Time

A Spanish Expedition Established St. Augustine in Florida, September 8, 1565

Florida Territory Becomes Our 27th State,
March 3, 1845

Florida Seceded!, January 10, 1861

Railway to the Keys, January 22, 1912

Digital Collections & Services

Chronicling America

This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1836-1922 from more than 20 states and the District of Columbia. Search this collection to find selected newspaper articles that mention events in Florida.


American Treasures of the Library of Congress

Drake's Attack on St. Augustine

Depiction of Sir Francis Drake's 1586 assault on St. Augustine.

Journey by Steamboat

Photograph by George Barker taken in Silver Springs, Florida, from the Morgan House, of a steamboat approaching the dock.

Modernist Architecture

A Florida vacation house completed in 1953 by Paul Rudolph represents a radical and influential change both in how buildings were conceived and in how they were represented.

The Cultures and History of the Americas: The Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress

The exhibition features fifty highlights from the more than 4,000 rare books, maps, documents, paintings, prints, and artifacts that make up the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress. It explores several themes including the pre-Columbian cultures of Central America and the Caribbean as revealed in sculpture, architecture, and language; encounters between Europeans and the indigenous peoples; the growth of European Florida; and piracy and trade in the American Atlantic.

John Bull and Uncle Sam: Four Centuries of British American Relations

The John Bull and Uncle Sam exhibition brings together treasures from the two greatest libraries in the English-speaking world in an exploration of selected time periods and cultural movements that provide unique insights into the relationship of the United States and Great Britain. The exploration and settlement section includes a hand-colored map of Sir Francis Drake's Attack on St. Augustine, Florida.

Geography & Map Division

Individual (U.S.) State Map Sites

This is a list of reference related state map project Web sites that is maintained by the Geography & Map Division.

Global Gateway

France In America

Conceived in partnership with France’s national library, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, France in America /France en Amérique is a bilingual digital library made available by the Library of Congress. It explores the history of the French presence in North America from the first decades of the sixteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century. Search the project to find items related to Florida, including a Narrative of the Expedition of Hernando de Soto into Florida.

Parallel Histories: Spain, the United States, and the American Frontier

Parallel Histories: Spain, the United States, and the American Frontier is a bilingual, multi-format English-Spanish digital library site that explores the interactions between Spain and the United States in America from the fifteenth to the early nineteenth centuries. The project presents in digital format books, maps, prints and photographs, manuscripts, and other documents from the collections of the partner libraries. Five main themes related to the history of Spain and the parallel histories between the United States and Spain are illuminated: Exploration and Early Settlement, Colonization and Settlement, Meeting of Cultures and Religious/Evangelical Activities, American Revolution, and Mutual Perceptions. Search the project to find items related to Florida, including a Plan of the Town and Harbour of St. Augustine.

Humanities and Social Sciences Division

Bibliographies and Guides

U.S. State Poets Laureate

This site provides the names of all current state poets laureate of the United States. It also includes a history of the laureateship in each state, as well the District of Columbia, and attempts to provide a comprehensive listing of all prior state poets laureate. Included is information on the position of State Poet Laureate in Florida.

Law Library of Congress

The Guide to Law Online

The Guide to Law Online, prepared by the Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information on U.S states and territories, including Florida.

Prints and Photographs Division

Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Recorded by the Historic American Buildings Survey

This list includes structures identified as the work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Search the online Historic American Buildings Survey / Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER) records and consult the book The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Complete Catalog by William Allin Storrer, 2nd ed., 1974. As additional documentation is digitized from the HABS/HAER collection, entries will be added. The list includes images for Florida.

Pictorial Americana: Selected Images from the Collections of the Library of Congress

The image lists includes prints and photographs relating to historical events to 1899; general subjects such as education, daily life, miners and mining; and views of U.S. locations (text and images). Images of Florida are included in the guide.

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the subject heading United States--Florida to find digital images related to Florida, such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons. Search in PPOC using the term Florida or names of cities, towns, and sites to locate additional images.

Teachers Page

Features & Activities

Primary Sources by State

The Library of Congress has rich documents and artifacts from every state, the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. Click on Florida to view historic artifacts and cultural materials from the state.

Lesson Plans

Creating a Primary Source Archive: All History Is Local

Examine the interplay between national, state, local, and personal history. Students produce a digital collection of primary sources from their family or local community based on the collections in American Memory.

Exploring Community Through Local History: Oral Stories, Landmarks and Traditions

Students explore the local history of the community in which they live through written and spoken stories; through landmarks such as buildings, parks, restaurants, or businesses; and through traditions such as food, festivals and other events of the community or of individual families.

Local History: Mapping My Spot

Students create their town’s history for coming generations and place themselves on the map in a literal as well as figurative sense, by producing portions of an updated version of an early twentieth century panoramic map from the American Memory collections.

Today in History

January 10

On January 10, 1861, delegates to the Florida Convention in Tallahassee voted to secede from the United States of America. The following month, Florida was one of six Deep South states to form the Confederate States of America.

January 22

On January 22, 1912, the nearly 20,000 residents of the city of Key West, Florida, located on a small island some 128 miles south of the Florida peninsula, observed the completion of an overseas rail connection to the mainland.

August 8

Journalist, short-story writer, and novelist Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was born on August 8, 1896, in Washington, D.C. Rawlings is best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Yearling (1938), the story of young Jody Baxter's coming of age in the big scrub country which is now the Ocala National Forest in Florida.

September 27

On September 27, 1514, the Spanish crown granted explorer Juan Ponce de Leon the title Military Governor of Bimini (an island in the Bahamas) and Florida. With this title and the implied permission it contained to colonize those regions, Ponce de Leon sailed for Florida in 1521.

Veterans History Project

Veterans History Project Home Page

The Veterans History Project (VHP) collects and preserves the remembrances of American war veterans and civilian workers who supported them. Browse the database by state of residence to locate veterans from Florida.


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