Datebook: March 30 - Florida Becomes a Territory 190 Years Ago

Mar 30, 2012

Florida was first discovered by Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513, who claimed the land for Spain. It remained under Spanish rule until the end of the Seven Years' War, when Spain ceded it to Great Britain in exchange for Havana. After the American Revolution, Great Britain ceded Florida back to Spain. In 1812, the US military and local militia invaded Florida mainly to retrieve runaway slaves, who had been protected by the Seminole (Florida natives). In 1818, General Andrew Jackson informed President Monroe that he would invade Florida to quell local conflicts. The Spanish surrendered and the Adams-Onis Treaty was signed, which essentially exchanged Florida and parts of the Oregon Territory for Texas. On March 30, 1822, the Florida Territory was formed.  Most of the Seminole migrated west due to the Indian Removal Act  and the Treaty of Paynes Landing. Florida joined the Union as the 27th state on March 3, 1845.

It’s Friday, March 30

There’s an Art Hop in Murray tomorrow night.  Travel by trolley or bike to seven art exhibits, with no admission or trolley fees.  Locations include the Murray Art Guild, Gallery 109, the Robert O. Miller Center, Fidalgo Bay Coffee, the Clara M. Eagle Gallery, the Upper Gallery, and the Curris Center Gallery.  Venues open at5PM, and the trolley route begins at the Curris Center at 6.  Find more information, including a map, at

The Paducah Parks Services Department is now accepting applications to rent a plot in the Community Garden, located at the corner of 14th and Madison Streets.  Each 12 by 8 foot plot can be rented for $20.  For more information, call 444-8508.

The St. Francis Ladies Club of Dover holds an arts and crafts show tomorrow from 8 to 4:30.  Over thirty vendors will display a wide variety of crafts at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.  All proceeds and donations will fund charity projects. 

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