|Juan Ponce de Leon|
Image Credit: fineartamerica.com
The first permanent settlement did not come until 1565 when Pedro Menendez de Aviles landed in today's St. Augustine. There, his chaplain celebrated the first Catholic Mass in today's United States.
|This is a replica of the baptismal font used|
to baptize Ponce de Leon in Spain in 1474.
This replica arrived at the Cathedral-Basilica of
St. Augustine in time for the Anniversary Mass
to be celebrated on April 3, 2013.
This is simply a short summary of Florida's very rich and dynamic history. Florida also has a very rich Catholic history which also will be celebrated this week, including a Mass celebrated tomorrow at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Augustine. The Bishop of St. Augustine, the Most Reverend Felipe Estevez, is certainly well-versed in Florida's Catholic history as evident by his homily given at his installation in 2011 (linked here). Check out the resources below for more information on Florida history!
I had the opportunity to read several books on Florida history as a student at the University of North Florida. I had the privilege of learning under Dr. Daniel Schafer, one of the leading historians of state history and author of several books on key people in Florida History. Here are a few of my favorite books on Florida:
- The New History of Florida edited by Michael Gannon (1996)
- The Oldest City: St. Augustine Saga of Survival edited by Jean Parker Waterbury and published by the St. Augustine Historical Society (1983)
- Patrick D. Smith's A Land Remembered (1984). This is a historical fiction novel set in Old Florida. The novel portrays three generations of the MacIvey family who experience the frontier history of Florida from the 1860s through the twentieth century. This book presented such a gripping story that I easily journeyed through its 400 pages in only a few days.
- James B. Crook's Jacksonville: The Consolidation Story, from Civil Rights to the Jaguars (2004). I am certainly an enthusiast for my hometown and this is a great recent history book on Jacksonville!
- A good read on the Catholic history of St. Augustine is Charles Gallagher's Cross & Crozier: A History of the Diocese of St. Augustine (1999).
- Viva Florida! The official state website for the 500th Anniversary.
- St. Augustine Catholic's "From the Archives" Section
- The Florida History Internet Center
- Florida History Online - This is a project of the University of North Florida. I remember when this project began in the early 2000s. I was a student at the time and with the Internet becoming a mainstream component of American life, many organizations sought to place artifacts and exhibits normally isolated to a museum online in "virtual exhibits."
- The Museum of Florida History
- 450th Anniversary of St. Augustine (Events from Old City)
- Official 450th St. Augustine Site
- Florida Memory - Comprehensive site managed by the State Library System
- Hashtags: #florida500, #vivaflorida
- @VivaFlorida - Official Twitter handle for the State's 500th Anniversary
- @StAugustine450 - 450th Anniversary of St. Augustine