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"A highly readable account of this remarkable city and its unique role in southeastern history." - Bonnie McEwan, Executive Director, Mission San Luis "For the general reader, nothing quite like Historic Pensacola exists. This work's originality makes it a significant contribution." - Robin Fabel, author of Colonial Challenges "Seamlessly combines current archaeological and historical research." - Gregory Waselkov, author of A Conquering Spirit"

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Celebrating the 450th anniversary of one of America's oldest settlements
 
"A highly readable account of this remarkable city and its unique role in Southeastern history."--Bonnie McEwan, Executive Director, Mission San Luis
 
"For the general reader, nothing quite like Historic Pensacola exists. This work's originality makes it a significant contribution."--Robin Fabel, author of Colonial Challenges
 
"Seamlessly combines current archaeological and historical research."--Gregory Waselkov, author of A Conquering Spirit
 
Pensacola was one of the earliest European settlement attempts in American history. Historic Pensacola is the perfect introduction for residents and visitors alike, and arrives just in time for the city's year-long 450th-anniversary celebration in 2009.
 
With brilliant, full-color images throughout, John Clune and Margo Stringfield synthesize history and archaeology, in this engaging and informative chronicle. Their accessible narrative intended for a general audience, summarizes the founding, development, and setbacks of Pensacola through the first three centuries of its history.
 
Five flags have flown over Pensacola since it was founded: Spanish, French, British, American, and Confederate. Alternately abandoned and resettled due to a series of devastating hurricanes early in the colonial era, the city served variously as a Spanish garrison, as a French outpost, and as the capital of the British colony of West Florida. It was the largest city in the state when Florida joined the United States in 1821 with Andrew Jackson presiding as provisional governor.
 
Clune and Stringfield use a wide range of historical and archaeological records, and spiced with traditional period recipes, to provide a unique look into the daily lives of the people who endured hardship, disease, and hurricanes to settle the Gulf coast frontier. The result is a highly readable account of a city with a rich and fascinating past.
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Product Details

  • Series: Colonial Towns/Cities of the Atlantic
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (March 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813032563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813032566
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.9 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #835,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brent Baldwin on January 29, 2011
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Historians and achaeologists have not always merged their interests in publications, but there is now a trend toward more collaboration between these two disciplines. This book is a beautiful example.

"Historic Pensacola" is not a travel guide, but a history of the Pensacola area covering the era from Tristán de Luna's initial visit and colonization efforts, starting in 1559, up to the United States' acquisition of this port city in 1821. It is extraordinarily well written and profusely illustrated with maps, photographs, and reproductions of period illustrations. The writing is very clear and straightforward, but not juvenile. The font is a good size and spacing for easy reading. There is a comprehensive reference list and bibliography, and an excellent index. At the end of each chapter is a recipe for a food or drink related to the Pensacola area and the historical era which was covered in that chapter. This whimsical inclusion of recipes was unexpected for a history book from a major university publisher, but it works, and adds an additional dimension to the story.

I would recommend this book very highly to anyone interested in the colonial history of the Gulf coast, and specifically west Florida.
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This is one of the best books I have seen on the history of Pensacola, Florida. I recommend this to all Pensacolians and ex-Pensacolians and anyone who is a history buff.Historic Pensacola (Colonial Towns/Cities of the Atlantic) There are many photos and pictures. Written by two professors at the University of West Florida.
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Historic Pensacola couldn't be more concise and engaging! Easy to read and well-researched, the book paints a graspable portrait of America's oldest settlement. It contains plenty of pictures and is backed by research from the foremost authorities in Pensacola. To those who reside in or have been to Pensacola, it is sure to provide an amazing backdrop of rich history that is colorful and surprising. The authors meticulously give readers a text that is easy to read and enjoy.
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