When Florida gained statehood in 1845, Jacksonville was the center of commercial activity.  In fact, by the late 1800’s, more than 70,000 tourists visited the area each year in search of relief from the cold northern climate.  But at the turn of the century, Jacksonville underwent a major transformation after a spark ignited the largest and most destructive fire in the history of the southeastern United States. As part of the Florida Crossroads series “Florida Remembers”, producer Kirsti Satterstrom explores how the northeast region of the state redefined itself during the 20th century.


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Jacksonville Viva Florida/500th Birthday of Florida