They Dared to Dream: Florida Women Who Shaped History by Doris Weatherford

By Doris Weatherford

“Well-crafted and in-depth, They Dared to Dream has moved girls, their reviews, and their contributions to the vanguard of Florida’s background and historical past. this can be a long-overdue and much-needed turning aspect in realizing our state’s earlier and present.”—Canter Brown Jr., coeditor of The types of Women’s Experiences
“Represents a breakthrough within the research of Florida background. Weatherford has performed a superb activity of gaining knowledge of and writing approximately Florida ladies, from paupers to queens, raising their prestige to a degree of equality in the total tale of Florida.”—Rodney Kite-Powell, Saunders origin Curator of heritage on the Tampa Bay background heart and editor of Tampa Bay historical past
“Exhaustively researched, good written, and fascinating, They Dared to Dream breaks new flooring within the learn of Florida. Doris Weatherford’s formidable heritage of ladies in Florida might be extensively learn and mentioned. From Princess Ulele to Alex Sink, from the position of criollas in Colonial St. Augustine to the struggles of ladies within the twenty-first century, Weatherford chronicles their lives within the Sunshine State.”—Gary Mormino, writer of Land of light, kingdom of Dreams

during this vast portrayal of Florida’s guiding matriarchs, Doris Weatherford highlights the myriad contributions ladies have made all through Florida’s background. From the decide on few who traveled with Ponce de Leon to the state’s first girl mayor Marion H. O’Brien, Weatherford sheds mild at the roles those pioneering ladies performed within the shaping of the light State.

They Dared to Dream reveals the existence and achievements of ladies all through landmark moments in historical past, together with local civilizations sooner than the arriving of ecu colonists; early Spanish, British, and French exploration, the Civil warfare period, Reconstruction, the early 20th century, and the inhabitants explosions post–World struggle II. that includes often-celebrated personalities—including Mary Martha Reid, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton—alongside the lesser-known lives of Princess Murat, lighthouse keeper Barbara Mabrity, Florida Memorial collage founder Sarah Ann Blocker, and others—this pivotal exam of Florida’s woman brokers of swap attracts cognizance to women’s instrumental roles within the historic occasions that outlined the light State.

From prehistoric instances to the gap age, the feminine half the inhabitants has made tremendous, yet too usually unacknowledged, contributions to Florida historical past. numerous ladies have conquer nice stumbling blocks and but are frequently passed over of historic bills. They Dared to Dream goals to fill in a few of these gaps via celebrating the various successes girls have made. simply because with no girls, there's no history—nor any future.

Doris Weatherford is the writer of A historical past of the yank Suffragist Movement and different reference courses on American women’s historical past.  The Florida fee at the prestige of girls beginning, Inc., is devoted to empowering girls and women in our country by means of assisting academic, entrepreneurial and self sufficiency courses and projects via promises, mentoring, and different possibilities. The FCSW starting place helps the paintings and courses of the Florida fee at the prestige of girls, together with the Florida Women’s corridor of Fame. 

The Florida fee at the prestige of girls starting place, Inc. dedicates this booklet to:
the ladies of the prior who struggled to accomplish gender equality and confirmed the trail, the ladies of the current who proceed with an identical target, and the ladies of the longer term who will hold the baton and make us proud.—Dr. Mona Jain

Acknowledgments, by way of the Florida fee at the prestige of ladies beginning, Inc
The Florida women’s background ebook venture couldn't were accomplished with no the cooperation and help of many of us. To thank them all who made it attainable will be approximately very unlikely. we might, in spite of the fact that, wish to convey our honest appreciation to people who have helped take this exercise “from dream to reality.”
before everything, we're indebted endlessly to our 9 founding participants in addition to to the beneficiant donors to the historical past e-book undertaking. subsequent, our thank you visit the constitution participants: Nancy Acevedo, Claudia Kirk Barto, Susanne Hebert, Laura McLeod, Dr. Jeanne O’Kon, Laurie Pizzo, Blanca Bichara, Dr. Mona Jain, Carrie Lee, and Kathleen Passidomo, Esq., who freely gave their time and skills. Our heartfelt due to Kelly Sciba and Michele Manning, who spent many, many hours in their personal time to determine that the undertaking used to be relocating ahead easily. certain point out can be made the following for the help given by means of Kimberly Mehr and Veronica Vasquez.
We gratefully recognize Doris Weatherford for scripting this entire Florida women’s background ebook. we're additionally thankful to the college Press of Florida for publishing the ebook in addition to for important editorial support and comments.
Our particular due to each person who performed a component in learning the tales at the back of the ladies that makes them specified and trailblazers. those amazing girls have created heritage. we're additionally grateful to many ladies and males for his or her good needs and encouragement with a view to fill a void within the historical past of the light country. jointly we empower each one other.
final yet no longer least the root individuals supply our inner most feel of appreciation to our households for believing in us in addition to for his or her unwavering ethical support.
To all others we've passed over inadvertently, please settle for our honest apologies and thank you. in response to the previous asserting, “To err is human and to forgive is divine.”
Florida fee at the prestige of girls origin, Inc.
Founding contributors, “Visionaries”
Blanca C. Bichara, Miami
Cheryl Holley, Tampa
Dr. Anila Jain, Bradenton-Sarasota
Dr. Mona Jain, Bradenton-Sarasota
Carrie E. Lee, Gainesville
Marie Flore Lindor-Latortue, Miami
Janet Mabry, Gulf Breeze
consultant Kathleen Passidomo, Esq., Naples
Debbie Sembler, Pinellas Park
Donors, from “Vision” to “Reality”
This Florida Women’s historical past publication undertaking has been made attainable end result of the generosity of the following:
Hawa Allarakhia, Bradenton
Blanca C. and Ricardo Bichara, Miami
Eugenia rate Joyce Blackburn Foundation
Brighthouse Networks of Manatee County for Rose Carlson, Bradenton
Leah Brown, Bradenton
Betty Chambliss, Bradenton
LaDonna Cloud, Sarasota
neighborhood origin of Tampa Bay for Alex Sink, CFO
consultant Faye Culp, Tampa
Lynn and Dr. Arthur Guilford, Sarasota
Gini Hyman, Sarasota
Dr. Mona and Kailash Jain, Bradenton-Sarasota
Kappa Delta beginning, Inc. for Dr. Anila Jain, Chair, Bradenton-Sarasota
Carrie E. and Dennis Lee, Gainesville
Manatee and Sarasota Commissions at the prestige of Women
Miami-Dade fee for Women
Dorothy Middleton, Bradenton
JoAnn Morgan, Melbourne
consultant Kathleen Passidomo, Esq., Naples
Mary Runnells, Bradenton
Linda Simmons, Tampa
St. Petersburg occasions Fund (Lynda Keever)
Mariamma and Dr. George Thomas, Bradenton
college of South Florida for Dr. Judy Genshaft, President
Amy VanDell, Bradenton
Anne Voss, Tampa
Renee Warmak, Tampa
Senator Marlene Woodson-Howard, Bradenton

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They often parade about, and play buffoon tricks, for two or three days; haunting the residence of the married pair, and disturbing the whole city . . until they can be bought off with money or liquor. Of St. Augustine, he wrote: Masks, dominoes, Harlequins, Punchinellos, and a great variety of grotesque disguises, on horseback . . and on foot, paraded the streets with guitars, violins, and other instruments; and in the evening, the houses were open to receive masks, and balls were given in every direction.

Already in 1689 a census of Timucuans had indicated that the tribe had been reduced by 98 percent from the estimated population in 1492. ”77 Entire clans had disappeared, and tribes that had formerly had populations in the tens of thousands now numbered in the mere hundreds. Indeed, huge stretches of Florida were without population. Tampa Bay, where the Tocobaga had lived so successfully, would be completely without permanent residents from the early 1700s until well into the 1800s. Only the occasional fishing boat passed by; otherwise, decades of waves and wind went unseen by a human population.

Augustine, and the city’s original mission, Nombre de Dios (sometimes called Nuestra Señora de la Leche, or Our Lady of the Milk). Then in 1763 France lost its North American colonies to Britain at the end of what Americans call the French and Indian War. Because Spain had backed the losing French against the English, part of the complex European negotiations meant that Florida was transferred from Spain to Britain. This would last for only twenty years—but no one could foretell that future, and news of British government was terrifying to longtime Spanish Floridians.

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