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Atlantic Monthly Press
<DIV>Over its long history, Florida has been many things: a native realm protected by geography; a wilderness that ruined Spanish conquistadors; a place to start over; "god's waiting room." With a native population as high as 900,000 (who all died), it became a pestilential backwater with a few thousand inhabitants, but today is our fourth most populous state, with nineteen million. The site of vicious racial violence, including massacres, slavery, and the roll-back of Reconstruction, Florida is now one of our most diverse states, a dynamic multicultural place with an essential role in 21st century America.<br><BR>However, the remarkable story of Florida has been distorted and whitewashed. In <I>Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State</I>, journalist T.D. Allman reclaims this remarkable history from the mythologizers, apologists, and boosters.<BR><BR>Allman traces the discovery, exploration, and settlement of Florida, its transformation from a swamp to a paradise. Palm Beach, Key West, Miami, Tampa, and Orlando boomed, fortunes were won and lost, land was stolen and flipped, and millions arrived.<br><BR>The product of a decade of research and writing, <I>Finding Florida</I> is a highly original, stylish, and masterful work, the first modern comprehensive history of this fascinating place.<BR></DIV>