Category Archive: Florida

Whitehall: a Castle Built for a Trophy Bride

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Henry Flagler is an icon of late 19th and early 20th century Florida history. A county, a beach, streets, buildings, museums, businesses, bridges, and a college all bear his name. As a Gilded… Continue reading

Vizcaya: Roaring 20’s Glamor and a Fabulous Party Barge on Biscayne Bay

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In Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood, not far from where Interstate 95 ends and US 1 begins its journey south connecting the Keys to the mainland, stands an Italianate castle and gardens with one… Continue reading

Glitz, Glamour, and Gambling: an American in Havana

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He stood only five feet, five inches in height with a slight frame. From his appearance, one might have assumed he was a baker, deli owner, or banker. He was smart enough to… Continue reading

Gangsters on the Gold Coast: Scarface Comes to Miami

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The Gold Coast. The Magic City. South Beach. Lincoln Road. Few places among America’s urban centers possess as much mystique as the narrow strip of land lying between the Atlantic Ocean and the… Continue reading

History of American Crime: Gangsters on the Gold Coast, Part II

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Speakeasies & Rum Runners   America’s great experiment with a national ban on the consumption of alcohol, while well intentioned, was a well-documented abysmal failure. When the Volstead Act (passed to carry out… Continue reading

History of American Crime: Gangsters on the Gold Coast, Part I

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                           Gangsters on the Gold Coast: Setting the Stage Visitors to Florida’s southern Atlantic coast understand why it is also known… Continue reading

Republic of Florida – Who Knew?

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The romance and significance of the Republic of Texas is well known across the world. Cries of “Remember the Alamo” and “Come and Take It” have played out on screens both large and… Continue reading