The history of Florida is full of the names of famous men and women who made significant contributions to the world in a broad range of categories: exploration, government, invention, literature, development, entertainment, space exploration, and many more. Floridians All
is an introduction to the many people who have achieved fame through work they did either in Florida or from Florida.
Included in this volume are the stories of John and Charles Ringling of the Ringling Brothers Circus; Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, chronicler of backwoods Florida; Henry B. Plant, a pioneer developer; Osceola, the brave Seminole Indian chief; Pedro Menendez, the founder of Florida; John Gorrie, doctor and inventor of air conditioning; Henry M. Flagler, whose hotels and railroads opened up Florida to tourism; Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, a writer who worked to preserve the Everglades; Leroy Collins, a governor of and for the people; Ponce de Leon, Florida’s first governor, and others.