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04/02/2024 | Episode 198 | 31:09

Welcome to Florida: Hamilton Disston

Hamilton Disston

Few people recognize the name Hamilton Disston. Our guest this episode, Josh Ginsberg, explains why Disston - who purchased four million acres of Central Florida in 1881 - is essential to a complete understanding of Florida's history.

Disston Sugar Plantation, St. Cloud, circa 1900. Images: Florida Archives.

 

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Craig Pittman is the award-winning author of Oh, Florida!: How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country, The Scent of Scandal, Cat Tale, Manatee Insanity and The State You’re In, and co-author of Paving Paradise. Born in Pensacola, he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him “the most destructive force on campus.” Since then he has covered a variety of newspaper beats and quite a few natural disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires and the Florida Legislature. 


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