Florida industries have provided
for the economic success of the state. The newspaper and
mining industries are two of the most significant areas
of this part of the Florida Heritage Collection, but there
are also works on other areas of Florida industry, such
as timber and lumber. Florida research materials on industries
often tend to cover several different industries such as
mining, printing, and similar mechanical business operations.
The first printing in Florida appears to be from printing
presses carried aboard British ships hich printed broadsides,
posters, forms (such as land grants) and the like. The
mericanization of Florida in 1821 led to the rise of newspapers.
Often the editor of the paper as as noteworthy as the newspaper,
perhaps pushing progress through print, or writing fiery
olumns to urge change. Some papers became nationally famous.
The Florida Sentinel, an African-American newspaper, was
nationally known in the early Twentieth century. The Miami
Herald established a national reputation for investigative
eporting, especially as Florida’s East Coast became
a playground of politicians, movie stars, and the jet set.