Sugar’s Sweet History in Florida

South Florida sugar cane acreage and production boomed in the early 1960s when the U.S. stopped importing sugar from Cuba. That was a much different scenario from sugar cane’s unspectacular introduction into North Florida nearly two centuries earlier. “Florida’s first major sugar cane operations arrived while the British had possession of the territory in the…

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Florida’s Railroad Barons, Part II

Peter A. Demens and Henry M. Flagler The year 1885 was a memorable one in Florida railroad history. Peter A. Demens and Henry M. Flagler both began their railroad careers then and went on to become famous as Florida railroad barons. DEMENS The Florida History Internet Center (FHIC) reports that Demens, whom it describes as…

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Florida’s Railroad Barons, Part 1

William D. Chipley and Henry B. Plant Businessmen commonly referred to as “railroad barons” solved Florida’s post-Civil War transportation problems and helped get the economy rolling by building more than 3,000 miles of railroad from 1874-1900. “Their domain contained more than just railroad track – they built hotels, roads and villages,” the Florida History Internet…

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