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Historical Traveler's Guide to Florida

by Eliot Kleinberg

From Fort Pickens in the Panhandle to Fort Jefferson in the ocean 40 miles beyond Key West, historical travelers will find many adventures waiting for them in Florida. Eliot Kleinberg — whose vocation, avocation, and obsession is Florida history — has poked around the state looking for the most fascinating historic places to visit and presents here 57 of his favorites.

Along the Gulf Coast you can explore Henry Plant’s minaret-spired Moorish jewel of a hotel in Tampa, John Ringling’s fabulous home and art museum in Sarasota, and the narrow, humble homes of Cuban and Italian cigar workers in legendary Ybor City.

Down in the Keys you can find the wreck of the San Pedro, a 250-year-old sunken Spanish merchant ship dubbed “a living museum in the sea”; and the Key West home of Ernest Hemingway, home to 50 six-toed cats and the place where Papa wrote To Have and Have Not and For Whom the Bell Tolls.

Up in north Florida visit Civil War battlefields, the city over which eight flags have flown, and the Kingsley Plantation, where Zephaniah Kingsley and his black wife Anna Jai ran a 32,000-acre plantation and encouraged their slaves to continue tribal practices.

Eliot Kleinberg is a native Floridian and a staff writer for the Palm Beach Post, specializing in environment, Florida and world history, and Floridiana. He is a member of the Florida, South Florida, and Palm Beach County historical societies and the author of Florida Fun Facts.

Paperback $14.95 ISBN 1-56164-122-7 Size: 6 x 9  256 Pages 75 b&w photos 8 pages color photos

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