History of Florida

By | September 23, 2022

Located in the southeastern United States with an area of ​​170,451 km of which about 18 percent consists of water. According to ablogtophone, the state of Florida’s nickname is Sunshine State. Tallahassee is the capital of the southern state with approximately 17.3 million inhabitants.

The Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León was the first European to see the area in 1513. After his visit, several other explorers, such as his compatriots Pánfilo de Narváez and Hernando de Soto, explored the area.

The first permanent settlement was established in St-Augustine in 1565 by the Spaniard Pedro Menendez de Avilés, who previously massacred a French colony. The Frenchman René Goulaine de Laudonnière managed to escape and later – 1586 – wrote a book about this event: Histoire notable de la Floride.

The founded settlement of St-Augustine was completely destroyed in 1586 by the English explorer, pirate and politician Francis Drake. In the period after this, the English drove the Spaniards further and further out of the area. England then divided Florida into East and West Florida. In 1783, however, the English lost the conquered territories to the Spaniards again.

In 1819, the so-called Adams-Onís Treaty forced the Spaniards to give Florida to the United States. The Spaniards had become increasingly weak in Northern America during that period. After Florida became part of the US, more and more whites came to live in the area. These whites then increasingly had problems with the native population, which led to the Seminole War, between the whites and the Indians, in 1835. This war lasted until 1842.

Florida Flag

According to bestitude, Florida joined the United States as a state on March 3, 1845. This as 27th. During the American Civil War (1861-1865), Florida sided with the southern Confederate States of America.

Florida Motorcycle Museum

Northwest of the Florida city of Fort Myers, there is a unique museum in the town of Punta Gorda – Muscle Car City – perhaps translatable into Czech as the City of Stepped Cars. The owner of the museum and the entire car collection is the only person, Rick Treworgy, who bought his first Chevrolet in 1965 and at the same time the first exhibit in the collection, which now numbers over 200 Chevrolet, Pontiac and Oldsmobile cars.

Who is Rick Treworgy?
There is nothing special about the man behind the whole museum. Like every boy, he was interested in cars and attracted by the smell of gasoline. At the age of sixteen, when he was able to drive legally under American law, he bought his first car. But the ten-year-old Chevy was no rumble. The economic need to buy an older, not a new, car became a passion over time, and Rick began buying, selling, and most importantly repairing and renovating older cars from his favorite General Motors stable. It was just a step away from collecting, and in almost 40 years, Rick Treworgy worked his way up to a collection of more than 200 cars, mostly Chevrolet from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

The origin of Muscle Car City
Every collector likes to show off their collection, and so the idea of ​​creating Muscle Car City arose. Rick bought an abandoned store on Tamiami Trail from a Wal-mart supermarket chain and began building. Today, we can see more than 200 mobile cars in perfect condition on an area of 9,000 square meters. Even the complete layman will be fascinated by the collection of Chevrolet Corvettes made from 1954 to 1975 and a few pieces from 1975 to 2006. There are also Chevrolet Camaro, Chevelle, El Camino, Pontiac GT, Oldsmobile and more. The employees of the museum are constantly moving around the exhibition area, which you can contact with any question and you will receive a very well-founded answer.

Muscle Car City is not just an exhibition space. Veterans and car fans in general can buy a variety of souvenirs and souvenirs, car models, T-shirts, hats, calendars, posters, neon signs, clocks and the like. From time to time, cars also appear on the menu – veterans in great condition and in Czech conditions at incredibly favorable prices.

Perhaps no American attraction can do without refreshments. The local retrorestaurant is in the style of the 60’s and resembles the Golden Sixties not only with its interior, but also with its menu of food and drinks. Of course, American classics in the form of sandwiches, burgers, omelets and biscuits are available here.

If you have a way around, do not miss this stop. Admission will cost you $ 12.50, children under 12 have a free tour.