Did YOU know that Florida is the ONLY State that has an Embassy in Washington, DC?
Righting History, Volume 3 is dedicated to the Florida House, Washington, DC.
Newspaperman Edwin Manning championed pioneering in the Wild West two years before Horace Greeley wrote his historic catchphrase, “Go West, Young Man!” The standard byline for each issue of E. C. Manning’s Kansas paper read, “Westward the Course of Empire takes its way!”
While America’s journalists however praised a westward migration, an unlikely consortium of influential Northerners began betting on the future of a little-known remote wilderness far to the south. Throughout the 1870s and 1880s, District of Columbians invested in thousands of acres across a nearly uninhabited central Florida. From “DC Clerks” to the highest-ranking officials, government employees jump-started development of an “American Paradise,” a land of health and sunshine – a land where unimaginable wealth could be earned by growing citrus.
Westward promoters suddenly had competition from promoters of Florida’s Citrus-Belt.
Volume 3 of Cronin’s Righting Florida History series, CitrusLAND, DC not only exposes the crucial role the most influential citizens of Washington, DC played in the founding of modern-day central Florida, but reveals too how, decades after his death, Edwin Manning unwittingly became associated as well with the “Course of yet another Empire.”