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FLORIDA HISTORY TIMELINE : ECONOMICS AND SOCIETY: POST-CIVIL WAR FLORIDA 1865-1913

The New Century and a Growing State, 1899-1913

By the turn of the century, Florida's population and per capita wealth were increasing rapidly; the potential of the "Sunshine State" appeared endless. By the end of World War I, land developers had descended on this virtual gold mine. With more Americans owning automobiles, it became commonplace to vacation in Florida. Many visitors stayed on, and exotic projects sprang up in southern Florida. Some people moved onto land made from drained swamps. Others bought canal-crossed tracts through what had been dry land. The real estate developments quickly attracted buyers, and land in Florida was sold and resold. Profits and prices for many developers reached inflated levels.

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Text from: A Short History of Florida
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