"Great job! Very informative and incredibly helpful in my Florida research projects. This is definitely a wonderful tool and resource for our Florida libraries (local, high school, college and university)."
Dr. Brian Rucker
Professor of History, Pensacola State College and the University of West Florida, Author of numerous books and articles related to West Florida.
"This compilation of the Niles' Register is a really useful tool for researchers."
Dr. Kevin Michael McCarthy
Professor emeritus, University of Florida
More than 60 books published or edited, mostly about Florida history, culture, and sports.
"In making up a school library it is desirable to have good sets of material on the local and State history, including the history of any colony of which the territory or the State was at any time a part. [Newspapers] The most serviceable for historical work [is] the Niles' Weekly Register."
[Source Book of American History]
Albert Bushnell Hart, Ph.D.
(July 1, 1854 – July 16, 1943)
Professor of History at Harvard University.
“The Niles’ Weekly Register is a prime source for the war, as it is for so much American history of its time.”
John K. Mahon, Ph. D.
(February 8, 1912 - October 11, 2003)
Professor and Chair of the History Department at the University of Florida, and author of the classic, History of the Second Seminole War, 1835-1842.
Looking for a Guest Speaker?
David Fowler travels throughout Florida lecturing on life in early 19th century Florida. He is available for one-hour to full-day schedules, depending on the the program.
About the Author
David Fowler resides with his family in the panhandle of Florida. Combining his professions as a reporter, a librarian, and a historian, Mr. Fowler brings a rare ability to contemporize historic topics.
With Niles' Florida, he paints a unique picture of the birth and development of the Sunshine State. History unfolds like current events. The more you read, the more you want to turn the pages and discover the bounteous history of early 19th century Florida.
Discover Florida's history as it was published by one of America's premiere newspapers. Niles' Weekly Register is considered an important source for the history of the period.
With more than one million descriptive words published on Florida, Niles provides a very comprehensive analysis of the dramatic and, often times, violent history of Spanish Florida, beginning with the role it played in the War of 1812, moving through an in-depth view of the Seminole Indian wars, and culminating with the admission of Florida into the American Union.
Published between 1811 and 1849, the Niles' Weekly Register covered the birth of Florida through thousands of articles, letters, narratives, anecdotes, and personal exposés. Niles' Florida is the meticulous collection of these materials, laid out in an easy-to-read chronology of the Sunshine State.
Living the experiences of Florida's birth through the eyes of the people who were there, is the best history lesson you will ever get.
Volume 1: The First War
Volume 2: Defending Our Actions
Volume 3: In Pursuit of the Prize
Volume 4: The Second War Intensifies
Volume 5: Onward to Statehood
One of the most interesting descriptions for how the boundary line was established between the United States and Spanish Florida is found in the Journal of Andrew Ellicottt.
Ellicott's team left markers in place, most of which have disappeared over the past 200 years. In 1973, the site of "Ellicott's Stone" was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
A short distance away, across the Mobile and Tensaw Rivers, you will find the site of the Fort Mims massacre, which occurred in 1813. Maintained by the Alabama Historical Commission, you will find an wealth of information on the events of the day. Fort Mims is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The little brother of Edmund Pendleton Gaines (the namesake for Gainesville, Florida, and other locations), was intimately involved in the affairs surrounding this episode. George Gaines was responsible for alerting General Andrew Jackson and obtaining the help of the Choctaw Indians in countering the Creek Indian offensive.