Amelia Island

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Tiny Amelia Island, in the northeast corner of Florida, was once among the most important ports in the western hemisphere. Before Florida was granted statehood, the island served as an international gateway between Spanish Florida and the English colonies that would later become the United States. Where Spanish monks and pirates once roamed, the island eventually developed into a significant seaport that exported the rich resources of Florida's interior in the late 1800s. This era was known as the Golden Age of Amelia Island and the town located on its north end, Fernandina. The railroad that connected Amelia Island to the Gulf Coast was largely responsible for the Golden Age, as it brought a burgeoning economy and many of the South's most prominent and wealthy figures. Today the island is best known as a resort community but retains the influence and charm of its remarkable past.
ISBN: 9780738552675
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Rob Hicks is a lifelong resident of Fernandina Beach and has completed extensive work on a documentary covering the unique history of Amelia Island. In conjunction with the Amelia Island Museum of History, Hicks has explored the photographic collections of Amelia's past and selected the very best to share the history of the people, places, and events that have made Amelia Island a historic splendor.
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