Historical Museum of Southern Florida

Tropical Dreams: International Rivalry

Picture of ship modelThe geographic location of South Florida, guardian of the trade routes and buffer zone between the English and French to the north and the Spanish to the south, determined its destiny for over 300 years following Ponce de Leon’s visit in 1513. It was a period of interaction between people and nations, of red men interacting with white, of white with black and of black with red. Although the international struggle for control of the Florida peninsula did not occur primarily in South Florida, that struggle and its outcome shaped the development of this region.

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