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What early Coconut Grove resident built the Barnacle?

Munroe's Home, the Barnacle 

(________________ Home, the Barnacle, ca 1892, Credit: ________________, HistoryMiami Munroe-10A-1)

 One of Coconut Grove’s first residents was known as a very talented yacht maker.  When he moved to the area he built a home using the skills he learned by building boats and it still stands today.  This building is known today as the Barnacle.

a. Ralph Muroe

Posted at 06:00 AM on April 28, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Who was president when Florida became part of the United States?

United States of America 

(United States of America, ca 1901, Credit: G. Howard Hilder, HistoryMiami 1994-624-6)

An American president discussed Florida  in his Second Inaugural Address in 1821.  Speaking of the treaty with Spain which had brought the transfer of Florida to the United States he said, “to the acquisition of Florida too much importance cannot be attached.”

A. James Monroe

Posted at 06:00 AM on April 21, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Where did Narvaez and his men initially land in Florida?

Landing of Menendez at the Miami River in 1565 

(Landing of Menendez at the Miami River in 1565, ca 1973, credit: Ken Hughs, HistoryMiami 1985-223-1)

 In 1527 Narvaez, a Spanish explorer, landed in Florida.  He led a group of 600 in search of gold, but failed to find any.  After becoming separated from the Spanish fleet Narvaez and four others finally arrived in Mexico in 1536.

A. Tampa

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Where did runaway slaves headed to the Bahamas gather in South Florida?

Contraband escaping to the United States bark Kingfisher off the Coast of Florida 

(Contrabands Escaping to the United States bark Kingfisher off the Coast of Florida, ca 1862, credit: HistoryMiami)

In 1863 Abraham Lincoln ended slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation.  Prior to the Civil War the United States had participated in the slave trade.  Many slaves who wanted to escape used the “Underground Railroad.”  While most routes took slaves north to Canada, some slaves escaped to South Florida on their way to the Bahamas.

A. Cape Florida on Key Biscayne

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