A New History Puts a Critical Eye to Florida's Past

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Vivian Maier, Vivian Maier, "January 9, 1957 Florida" (Vivian Maier, Maloof Collection)

Earlier this month, Florida celebrated the 500th anniversary of explorer Ponce de León’s discovery of the state. In a new book, "Finding Florida," T. D. Allman takes a critical look at the forces that shaped that state — starting with Ponce de Leon.

Allman writes: “Florida is like Play-Doh. Take the goo; mold it to your dream. Then watch the dream ooze back into goo. Contrary to what our school books taught us, Ponce did not discover Florida. He never did much of anything here except get himself killed.”

Our friends at WLRN in South Florida are launching a project called “That’s So Miami” and asking everyone to submit a poem -of any length- about Miami. Visit their Tumblr page or tweet your poem to them using the hash-tag #thatssomiami.


T. D. Allman

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Comments [3]

Bernie Corrigan from Eugene, Oregon

Allman's book reads like history by Carl Hiaasen, but it's truth not fiction.

Apr. 23 2013 02:40 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I went on one vacation to Boca Raton... "The Rat's Mouth." I'd rather slam a car door on my finger than go back...wait a second, I did slam a car door on my finger there!

Apr. 23 2013 02:15 PM

I was born and raised there. The light, as people say, is beautiful, but I got out of there as quickly as I could and never want to go back. My father loves it though. I look forward to reading Mr. Allman's book.

Apr. 23 2013 01:00 PM

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