The East Florida Coffee Land Expedition of 1821
Plantations or a Bonapartist Kingdom of the Indies?
by Canter Brown, Jr.
History of the East Florida Coffee Land Association and Peter Stephen Chazotte’s exploratory expedition to South Florida in 1821. Describes Chazotte’s correspondence with U.S. Congress requesting a land grant of Key Largo and part of the Biscayne Bay region for the cultivation of coffee. The land was not granted.
by Josephine Johnson.
History of the church and cemetery adjacent to Cheeca Lodge (Islamorada). Appendices list burials and church pastors.
Pioneering in Suburbia [part 2]
by Nixon Smiley.
The author, who moved to Pinecrest in the early 1950s, describes the pond and wildlife on his property, coping with the weather, and artists, including Beanie Backus and Jim Hutchinson.
Number LII (1992)
Sailing Craft of the Florida Keys
by John Viele.
History of boat building and repair in Key West, mainly during the 1800s. Most vessels were built for wrecking, fishing, sponging or freight.
Black Miamians in the Miami Metropolis
by Thomas F. Fleischmann.
Reviews the largely racist portrayal of Blacks in The Miami Metropolis between 1896 and 1900.
The Map Collection of the Archives and Special Collections Department, Otto G. Richter Library, University of Miami
by Olga Espejo Beshers.
A guide to antique maps in the Special Collections department of the University of Miami’s library.
Pioneering in Suburbia, Conclusion
by Nixon Smiley.
Memoirs of suburban life in Pinecrest, and of his friends, including Colonel Montgomery and Nell Jennings. Also recalls his connections with Fairchild Tropical Garden and his experiences as an author.
Number LIII (1993)
Thoughts on Tequesta
by Charlton W. Tebeau.
Historian and former Tequesta editor Dr. Tebeau outlines his philolosph concerning content in the journal.
“Watch the Port of Miami”
by Arthur Chapman.
Miami’s ports, from 1897 to 1991.
Miami During the Civil War: 1861-65
by Lt. James C. Staubach.
A Problematic Law: The Armed Occupation Acts of 1842 and Its Impact on Southeast Florida
by Joseph Knetsch and Paul S. George.
Describes problems with the Armed Occupation Act of 1842 and why the Armed Occupation Act land grants did not significantly advance settlement in southeast Florida.
Number LIV (1994)
Storm Winds That Fulfill His Word: Tempests, the Jesuits, and the Evangelization of Florida, 1566-1572
by Frank Mariotti.
History of Jesuit missionaries in Florida and the Caribbean, as revealed by their narratives, in which, among other things, they describe stormy weather as acts of God’s will.
Steps Toward the Intracoastal Waterway: The Blake Surveys of 1843 and 1845
by Joe Knetsch.
Describes Lieutenant Blake’s surveys, which examine the possibility of constructing of a navigation canal between the Mosquito and Indian rivers. Includes a transcript of Blake’s 1845 report.
The Beginning of the Episcopal Church in the Miami Area
by Edgar Legare Pennington.
Recounts when and how the first Miami Episcopal churchs were built, starting with Bishop William Crane Gray’s construction of the Trinity Episocpal Church in 1897 and finishing with Gray’s consecration of St. Stephen’s Church in 1913.
Number LV (1995)
The Birth of the City of Miami
by Larry Wiggins.
History of Miami, 1895-1896. includes details about incorportaion, the first election, the railroad and Miami’s first businesses.
Yellow Fever at Miami: the Epidemic of 1899
by Dr. William Straight.
The Sage of Biscayne Bay: Charles Torrey Simpson’s Love Affair with South Florida
by Leah La Plante.
Biography of nature writer Charles Torrey Simpson. Includes quotations from his books on South Florida.
Number LVI (1996)
African Americans in South Florida
a Home and a Haven for Reconstruction-era Leaders
by Larry E. Rivers and Canter Brown, Jr.
African American men who held public office in South Florida, including Tampa and Key West, between 1865 and 1897.
The Sweeting Homestead on Elliott Key
by Peg Niemiec.
The Sweeting family lived in Elliott Key, in present-day Biscayne National Park, from 1890 to 1930. Among other things, they grew pineapples.
Henry Flagler and the Model Land Company
by William E. Brown and Karen Hudson.
Henry Flagler acquired several million acres of real estate from the state as incentive to extend the Florida East Coast Railway along the state’s east coast. To manage his holdings, the Model Land Company was created in 1896, with the Perrine Grant Land Company as one of its three subsidiaries.
Number LVII (1997)
Midas Returns : Miami Goes to War, 1941-1945
by Dr. Gary M. Mormino.
How World War II affected Miami-Dade County. Topics include German submarines, military training, aviation, tourism, African Americans, and women.
Professional Nurses in Miami, 1896-1925
by Christine Ardalan.
Includes an account by Lillah B. Harley of her experience as a student nurse in Miami, ca. 1920.
Dr. William B. Sawyer of Colored Town
by Dr. Roderick Waters.
Biography of physician William B. Sawyer, who lived in present-day Overtown. Topics include medical care of Blacks, the Mary Elizabeth Hotel, Virginia Key Beach and the Orange Blossom Classic.
Number LVIII (1998)
The Miami-Havana Connection : The First Seventy-Five Years
by Francis Sicius.
Brief history of Cubans in the Miami area, 1896-1995, especially before 1959. Topics include immigration, Cuban-American relations, economic effects and Cuban contributions to the region’g culture.
Life in a Pioneer Settlement : Miami’s Medical Community, 1843-1874
by William M. Straight.
Describes the events that affected the Miami River community between 1843 and 1874, while focusing on the career of Dr. Robert Richard Fletcher and his successors.
From Rising Sun to Daunting Storm : Miami in Boom and Bust, a Reminiscence
by Arletta L. Semes.
First-person account life in the Shenandoah section of Miami, 1923-1930. Includes descriptions of the real estate boom and the 1926 hurricane.
Number LIX (1999)
The Peonage Controversy and the Florida East Coast Railway
by Dr. Joe Knetsch.
Concerns allegations of peonage (forced labor to repay debts, often incurred to the employer) during construction of the Overseas Railway.
Black Education in Miami, 1921-1940
by Doug Andrews, M.A.
Examines the inequality of education in African American elementary and high schools. Using Mays Middle School (formerly known as Goulds Colored School) as a case study, Andrews focuses on curriculum offerings, ratio of students per teacher, quality of facilities and materials, and teachers’ salaries.
Miami’s Land Gambling Fever of 1925
by Bénédicte Sisto, M.A.
History of the Miami region’s 1925 real estate boom.
Number LX (2000)
Growing Up in Coral Gables
by Donald M. Kuhn.
First-person account of Coral Gables in the 1920s and 1930s. Donald Kuhn is George Merrick’s nephew.
The Annexation of the City of Coconut Grove
by Grant Livingston.
Describes the events that led to the annexation of Coconut Grove by the City of Miami in 1925.
Racial Stirrings in Colored Town: The UNIA in Miami during the 1920s
by Kip Vought.
History of the Universal Negro Improvement Association’s Miami chapter and the resistence the chapter met in Overtown during the 1920s.
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