The Great Florida Road Trip, Part 2: Jacksonville and St. Augustine Beaches

In Backroads of Paradise: A Journey to Rediscover Old Florida, Cathy Salustri takes readers on a 5,000-mile road trip from the panhandle to the Keys. Salustri retraces historic routes that used to be main roads back in the 1930s, before Florida’s interstates were built. Intrigued? Read the book and follow the author’s latest travels on … Continue reading The Great Florida Road Trip, Part 2: Jacksonville and St. Augustine Beaches

Florida Quincentennial Books

In April 1513, Juan Ponce de León arrived on Florida's east coast. He led the first European exploration of southern North America and is responsible for naming the peninsula La Florida. .  While our state's geologic history is approximately 700 million years old and its material history dates back more than 12,000 years to the American Indians who first lived … Continue reading Florida Quincentennial Books

Discovering Florida

Discovering Florida: First Contact Narratives from Spanish Expeditions along the Lower Gulf Coast Edited and Translated by John E. Worth Discovering Florida compiles all the major writings of Spanish explorers who visited Florida’s lower gulf coast during the earliest stages of European conquest, between 1513 and 1566.  Including transcriptions of the original Spanish documents as … Continue reading Discovering Florida

Florida’s Fountain of Youth: Magic, Myth, and Endangered Springs

Finding the Fountain of Youth: Ponce de León and Florida's Magical Watersby Rick KilbyAVAILABLE NOWA visual treasure trove of vintage postcards, photographs, and advertisements, this book vividly illustrates how deeply interwoven the mythical Fountain of Youth is in Florida's cultural identity. More than conquistador Ponce de León's fabled quest for rejuvenating waters or a kitschy attempt … Continue reading Florida’s Fountain of Youth: Magic, Myth, and Endangered Springs

The Land Ponce de Leon Found: La Florida Symposium Celebrates State’s 500th Anniversary

LA FLORIDA A VIVA FLORIDA 500 SPECIAL EVENT! JOIN US ON SATURDAY, APRIL 6 On Saturday, April 6, coinciding with the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon’s arrival on Florida’s east coast, University Press of Florida (UPF) welcomes the public to attend La Florida, a commemorative symposium considering the world, culture and environment encountered … Continue reading The Land Ponce de Leon Found: La Florida Symposium Celebrates State’s 500th Anniversary