Timeline of Florida history

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An 18th-century map of Florida

This is a timeline of the U.S. state of Florida.

Pre-European[edit]

1500s[edit]

1600s[edit]

  • 1601: King Philip III of Spain commissioned a map of Florida which includes a fort he wants built in Miami.
  • 1603: Pedro Ibarra appointed Governor of Florida.
  • 1605: "Period of Friendship" between Spanish and Native Tribes started because of the diplomatic trip of Alvaro Mexia.[3]

1700s[edit]

1800–1842[edit]

1810s[edit]

1820s[edit]

  • 1821
    • February 22: Spain officially cedes Florida to United States as part of the Adams–Onís Treaty.
    • March 10: Andrew Jackson is appointed military governor of Florida by James Monroe being the first American governor.
    • July 10: José María Coppinger leaves office as the last governor of East Florida.
    • July 17: José María Callava the final Spanish and colonial governor of West Florida and Florida as a whole leaves office.
    • July 21: Escambia County and St. John's County, Florida's first two counties are established.
    • December 31: Andrew Jackson leaves office as the governor of Florida.
  • 1822
  • 1824:
    • Florida's first true lighthouse built in St. Augustine.
    • U.S. Army establishes Fort Brooke (later to become Tampa, Florida).
    • Tallahassee chosen as location of capital (half-way between previous capitals of East and West Florida)
  • 1825:
    • Lighthouse built in St. Augustine.
  • 1827

1830s[edit]

1840-45[edit]

Statehood era (1845–present)[edit]

1840s[edit]

1850s[edit]

1860s[edit]

1870s[edit]

  • 1870: Barber–Mizell feud
  • 1873:
    • August 11: Tampa reincorporates a town.
  • 1875:
    • July 31: Orlando is first incorporated being a town.
  • 1877: Compromise of 1877 completed the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Florida (aftermath of Civil War)

1880s[edit]

1890s[edit]

1900s[edit]

1910s[edit]

1920s[edit]

1930s[edit]

1940s[edit]

  • 1943 September 26: Florida's first oil well is drilled in Collier County by Humble Oil Company.[8]
  • 1947: Everglades National Park dedicated.
  • 1949 March 21: The first television station in Florida begins broadcasting, WTVJ. It is the 16th TV station to start broadcasting in the United States and is the oldest station still broadcasting in the state.

1950s[edit]

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

2020s[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Straub, W. L. History of Pinellas County, p. 27. The Record Company. St. Augustine, Florida. 1929.
  2. ^ Largo Bicentennial Book Committee. Largo, then till..., p. 2. Largo Area Historical Society Archived 2011-02-02 at the Wayback Machine. 1979.
  3. ^ Rouse, Irving (1981). Survey of Indian River Archaeology. Yale University Publications in Anthropology 45. ISBN 978-0-404-15668-8.
  4. ^ "1715 Plate Fleet, Page 10" (PDF). Brevard County Historical Commission. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-03-26. Retrieved 2013-07-29.
  5. ^ a b Pinellas County Planning Department as staff for the Pinellas County Planning Council. (PCPD) Pinellas County Historical Background, p. 4. No city. No date.
  6. ^ ben.dibiase (2015-04-01). "Florida's First Telephone Exchange". Florida Historical Society. Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  7. ^ "History of Sarasota". Sarasota Police Department. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  8. ^ "First Florida Oilwell". aoghs.org. Retrieved February 9, 2015.

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