Florida's swamps and sands hide a rich history and strange stories abound. Whether you live in the state or just have a fascination with its unique background these are stories to surprise and fascinate. Florida has a history as diverse as its residents. And much of that is still hidden.
Since the arrival of the Spanish in 1513, the state has played host to strange stories. A heartbroken senator entered a mental institution over unrequited love for an heiress. Thousands of British pilots trained in flight schools across the state. And the true, and darker, story of Pocahontas is linked with the "first barbecue."
Author and historian James C. Clark unearths a history hidden beneath swamps and sand for years. About the Author James C. Clark is a lecturer at the University of Central Florida, where he has taught since 1987. He earned his doctorate in Florida history from the University of Florida. He is considered one of Florida's leading historians and is the author of twelve books including Florida: A Concise History. His work has been honored by the Florida Historical Society, the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors and the Florida Magazine Association. He lives in Orlando, Florida.