Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That all the territory ceded by Spain to the United States, situated to the eastward of the Perdido, and known by the name of East and West Florida, shall constitute a territory of the United States, under the name of the territory of Florida…
A bill for the establishment of a territorial government in Florida, 03/03/1822
Exactly twenty-three years later on March 3, 1845, Florida would be admitted as the 27th state.
Mickey’s future home
This aerial photograph from March 1, 1954, shows the Lake Buena Vista area southwest of Orlando, Florida. Seventeen years after this photo was taken, the area would be transformed from mostly swampland into the home of the Disney World theme park complex. Today, this landscape has changed drastically as part of the theme park’s 28,000 acres. The lake’s southern and eastern shoreline, in the upper left corner of the photograph, has retained much of its shape since the development of the area.
Aerial Photograph of Disney World, 03/01/1954
From the series: Aerial Photography of the Soil Conservation Service, compiled 1934 - 1954; Records of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, 1875 - 2002
Everglades National Park Established December 6, 1947
The park was established to conserve the natural landscape and prevent further degradation of its land, plants, and animals in southern Florida. Today Everglades National Park is a World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a protected area under the Cartagena Treaty.
Chokoloskee Rookery In Everglades National Park, 07/1972
Fred Ward, photographer.
From the series - DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern, 1972 - 1977
A Wave Winds-Up
WAVE [Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service] activities at Jacksonville, Florida. Violet Falkum, AMM, spins prop of SNJ, training plane., 09/1943
Victor Jorgensen, photographer. From the General Photographic File of the Department of the Navy, 1943 - 1958
Hurricanes in History
Hurricane Dennis made landfall on the panhandle of Florida on July 10, 2005. Projected to be a Category 2 Hurricane it increased in strength to become a Category 4 after skirting to the west of Key West. Dennis was the fourth named storm and second hurricane of the season. One of the earliest and strongest Atlantic storms, Dennis was quickly surpassed by Hurricane Emily later that month.
JIM WALTER, NATURALIST WITH EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK COUNTS LOGGERHEAD TURTLE EGGS AND RE-SETS THE NEST, 08/1972
From the Records of the Environmental Protection Agency (12/02/1970-)
Today is World Sea Turtle Day! Along the seashore, it’s lights out at night during the months of May to September to protect the nesting sea turtles.
CLOSE-UP OF CORAL TAKEN ABOUT 12 FEET UNDERWATER AT JOHN PENNEKAMP CORAL REEF STATE PARK, A FEW MILES OFF THE COAST OF KEY LARGO, 06/1973
From the Records of the Environmental Protection Agency. (12/02/1970 - )
Key Largo, Montego… Baby, why don’t we go?
- Who: Herbert Hoover, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone
- Why: Thomas Edison’s 82nd birthday celebration
- Where: Florida
- When: February 11, 1929
Herbert Hoover relaxes in Florida with his old friends. Next on their calendar? Hoover’s presidential inauguration on March 4, 1929.
This photoset is from the Gemini X Mission which took place from July 18-21, 1966. In our catalog, you can view 347 images from this mission.
The photos above were taken on July 19, 1966 and include images of Africa, Florida, Hurricane Celia, the inside of Gemini X, and clouds.