Niles' Florida:
Acquiring the New Territory


Albert Bushnell Hart, Ph.D. (July 1, 1854–July 16, 1943)
Professor of History at Harvard University:

"In making up a school library it is desirable to have good sets of material on the local and State history, including the history of any colony of which the territory or the State was at any time a part. [Newspapers] The most serviceable for historical work [is] the Niles' Weekly Register." [Source: Source Book of American History]


About the Author

David Fowler resides with his family in the panhandle of Florida.  History is like a double-edged sword.  It is only useful if it is taught accurately and comprehensively; and it only becomes functional if the reader pays attention to the lessons of those who came before.  With Niles' Florida, he provides a unique perspective on the birth and development of the Sunshine State.

 

 

Discover Florida's history as it was published by one of America's premiere newspapers. Niles' Weekly Register is considered an important source for the history of the period.

With more than one million descriptive words published on Florida, Niles provides a very comprehensive analysis of the dramatic and, often times, violent history of Spanish Florida, beginning with the role it played in the War of 1812, moving through an indepth view of the Seminole Indian wars, and culminating with the admission of Florida into the American Union.

Published between 1811 and 1849, the Niles' Weekly Register covered the birth of Florida through thousands of articles, letters, narratives, anecdotes, and personal exposés.  Niles' Florida is the meticulous collection of these materials, laid out in an easy-to-read chronology of the Sunshine State.  

Volume 1 (Acquiring the New Territory) includes reporting on the British activities in Spanish Florida, the first Seminole War, and the cession of Florida to the United States.

Living the experiences of Florida's birth through the eyes of the people who were there, is the best history lesson you will ever get.