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FLORIDA THEMES : HISTORIC SITES

Florida was one of the first areas of the New World to be explored, and the early inhabitants left an amazing legacy for future Floridians to cherish. Florida has many beautiful historic sites that can be explored today, including the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, as well as sites around the coasts of Florida, whose waters and coastlines have seen numerous shipwrecks. As Spain began bringing the riches of the Aztec and Incan empires to Europe, their silver and gold-laden ships sailed the Florida coastlines, often becoming prey to pirates, storms, and treacherous shallow shores and coastal reefs. There are many wonderful examples of Florida history which live on today. The Florida Heritage Collection offers many works on the unique historic sites of this state, including first-hand accounts of shipwrecks written by survivors, information on treasure-hunting exploits by salvagers, and archaeological and historical accounts of shipwreck projects, as well as descriptions of other historic sites throughout the state.

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