This is the heralded "definitive history" of Florida. No other book so fully or accurately captures the highs and lows, the grandeur and the craziness, the horrors and the glories of the past 500 years in the Land of Sunshine. Twenty-three leading historians, assembled by renowned scholar Michael Gannon, offer a wealth of perspectives and expertise to create a comprehensive, balanced view of Florida's sweeping story. The chapters cover such diverse topics as the maritime heritage of Florida, the exploits of the state's first developers, the astounding population boom of the twentieth century, and the environmental changes that threaten the future of Florida's beautiful wetlands. Celebrating Florida's role at the center of important historical movements, from the earliest colonial interactions in North America to the nation's social and political climate today, The History of Florida is an invaluable resource on the complex past of this dynamic state. Contributors: Charles W. Arnade - Canter Brown Jr. - Amy Turner Bushnell - David R. Colburn - William S. Coker - Amy Mitchell-Cook - Jack E. Davis - Robin F. A. Fabel - Michael Gannon - Thomas Graham - John H. Hann - Dr Della Scott-Ireton - Maxine D. Jones - Jane Landers - Eugene Lyon - John K. Mahon - Jerald T. Milanich - Raymond A. Mohl - Gary R. Mormino - Susan Richbourg Parker - George E. Pozzetta - Samuel Proctor - William W. Rogers - Daniel L. Schafer - Jerrell H. Shofner - Dr. Robert A. Taylor - Brent R. Weisman.