Did YOU know that Florida is the ONLY State that has an Embassy in Washington, DC?
Righting History, Volume 3 is dedicated to the Florida House, Washington, DC.
Newspaperman Edwin Manning championed pioneering in the Wild West two years before Horace Greeley wrote his historic catchphrase, “Go West, Young Man!” The standard byline for each issue of E. C. Manning’s Kansas paper read, “Westward the Course of Empire takes its way!”
While America’s journalists however praised a westward migration, an unlikely consortium of influential Northerners began betting on the future of a little-known remote wilderness far to the south. Throughout the 1870s and 1880s, District of Columbians invested in thousands of acres across a nearly uninhabited central Florida. From “DC Clerks” to the highest-ranking officials, government employees jump-started development of an “American Paradise,” a land of health and sunshine – a land where unimaginable wealth could be earned by growing citrus.
Westward promoters suddenly had competition from promoters of Florida’s Citrus-Belt.
Volume 3 of Cronin’s Righting Florida History series, CitrusLAND, DC not only exposes the crucial role the most influential citizens of Washington, DC played in the founding of modern-day central Florida, but reveals too how, decades after his death, Edwin Manning unwittingly became associated as well with the “Course of yet another Empire.”
SEVEN HONORABLE FLORIDIANS
“The timid are silent,” wrote a January, 1861 observer at Tallahassee. “The town is full of bewildered and excited people. The Convention is formed of the most ultra-element who have NOT come to investigate, reason, or determine, but with a fixed purpose to vote Florida out of the Union.” Another told of Secession opponents fearful of “incurring suspicion,” but such comment was not completely accurate. SEVEN HONORABLE FLORIDIANS is the true story of courageous delegates who stood before a boisterous crowd of citizens demanding Secession, and still found the courageous and strength within themselves to commit to that for which they believed, and vote NO!
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VOLUME 1: FLORIDA'S INDIAN RIVER DUCHESS
Contrary to long-standing beliefs, the Duchess was NOT of the Anheuser family!
"FLORIDA has a live duke and a still liver duchess," reported a Washington, DC paper in 1882, writing of the two newcomers to Florida. While is has been said the 'Duchess' was the daughter of Anheuser-Busch beer company founder Eberhard Anheuser, this is simply NOT true. A true story, Florida's Indian River Duchess is not merely a story of her life, it is the history as well of the State's most historic grove. The enigmatic Duchess of Castelluccia, and three men involved in her fascinating life, contributed to the preservation of an important part of Florida's 19th Century history.
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COMING SOON: VOLUME 3
FLORIDA'S REAL JOHN T. PIRIE