March 3: Florida Becomes the 27th State
On this day in 1845, as James Polk was enjoying his last full day as President, Florida became the 27th state. Florida had been a US territory since 1821. Explore these resources from FCIT to learn more about the early days of Florida as a part of the United States.
Kirk Munroe’s Florida in the 1800s
Kirk Munroe (1850-1930) was an author and adventurer. At a time when many authors writing about Florida had never even visited the Sunshine State, Munroe had settled in Florida by the 1880s. A member of the Florida Audubon Society, Munroe’s knowledge of the Florida environment allowed him to include rich descriptions in his books and stories.
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Florida
In Palmetto Leaves, Harriet Beecher Stowe describes life in Florida in the 1800’s. Enjoy these vignettes from her book. Each title includes the audio file and a PDF of the text.
More Nineteenth Century Florida Authors
A mere 16 years after becoming a state, Florida seceded from the Union. For a unique description of this period in Florida history, listen to Emily Holder’s journal of life at Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas. Also available as a PDF on the Lit2Go website. Reading level: 10.8 Word count: 3,740
A brief introduction to the First and Second Seminole Wars from St. Augustine Under Three Flags: Tourist Guide and History. A PDF of the passage is also available. Reading level: 11.0 Word count: 6,550