Historical Museum of Southern Florida


"I am interested in people, and this interest finds an outlet in history, particularly local history. History is more than information. It is the meaningful story of people in action."

— Charlton W. Tebeau, historian and museum founder

The Story of South Florida and
Miami: the First 100 Years
Get an overview of South Florida and Greater Miami, from pre-historic times to the present.

The Everglades
Browse stories from museum publications, photographs and pictures from the museum’s collections, and links to other sites.

Everglades tree snails

A Slave Ship Speaks
Reflect upon the consequences of the slave trade in the Americas.

The Spanish-AmericanWar
1998 marked the 100th anniversary of the Spanish-American War, perhaps better described as the Spanish-Cuban/American War. These excerpts tell about the period in Florida and Cuba.

cigar box label

Museum Magazines

The Historical Museum of Southern Florida publishes a journal, a magazine, books and exhibition catalogs, from which most of these articles are excerpted. To order single copies and back issues, visit our online museum store. To receive Tequesta and South Florida History regularly, become a member.

Tables of Contents:
South Florida History

Sample articles:

The Miami Circle
The Miami Circle is a mysterious archaeological discovery on the south bank of the Miami River. Find out about this dig from archaeologist Bob Carr.

World War II in Miami
Photographs and an essay describe the war's effect upon Miami, Miami Beach, and Miami-Dade County.

The Citrus Canker
South Dade may lose its lime groves to this disease. It has happened before.

Presidential election problems
Deja vu! Florida and Dade County delayed the national count before, in 1876.

Key West dictator worked in underwear!
Key West confronted financial disaster with island style.

The Birth of the City of Miami
In 1896 a subtropical frontier transformed into a city. This article tells the story of the founding of Miami a century ago.

Tobacco Art
A history of the tobacco industry in Florida and of Florida tobacco art (e.g., cigar box labels).