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Topical Currents

Florida History with Andrew Frank

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(9-27-2017)  Today’s Topical Currents ponders a South Florida which existed long before documented settlers arrived at what’s now a Megalopolis.  We visit with FSU Professor Andrew Frank and discuss his book, BEFORE THE PIONEERS:  Indians, Settlers, Slaves and the Founding of Miami.

Obviously, the ancients were on to something:  the largest Tequesta village at the Miami River mouth, was also the focal point of what became a great city.

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