TD Allman's New History of Florida: Finding Florida

03/14/13 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk with the author of a new book about the 500 year history of Florida. But first two listener comments about yesterday’s open phones. For much of the hour we discussed health care, health insurance and the proposed Big Gulp ban. Here’s what several listeners had to say.


Most history books tell us that Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon discovered Florida for the Europeans in April 1513—500 years ago next month. More than 900,000 native people were already living in Florida—and after a few years of interaction with the Spanish- most of the population died.

There’s a controversial new book out about the last 500 years of Florida history written by author T.D. Allman. It’s called FINDING FLORIDA: The True History of the Sunshine State. He joins us live now. TD is a Harvard grad, has written several other books and has reported from more than 90 countries.

(Allman will be speaking tonight at Inkwood books in Tampa and in Sarasota at Barnes and Noble on Saturday at 2PM. )

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Listened to this in the car. Loved it. Made a traffic tie-up at Florida & Busch downright enjoyable. Cheers.