FLOR500, Florida, Wildflower, Art, Nature, History, Eco-art, FIU, VIVA Florida, Garden, Artists, Engaged Creativity, Environment, participatory art,artists, artist, FLOR500 is a participatory art, nature, and history project that marks the importance of the moment when the history of Florida changed forever and gives a glimpse of what its landscape was like 500 years ago. Developed by Xavier Cortada, director and artist-in-residence of FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts’ Office of Engaged Creativity, the project commemorates Florida’s quincentenary in 2013. LIST OF REGIONS AND THEIR COUNTIES Region 1 Northwest Florida (1 -60) Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, Washington Region 2 : North Central Florida (61-120) Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor,Union, Wakulla Region 3 Northeast Florida (121-180) Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns Region 4 Central West Florida (181-240) Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk Region 5 Central Florida (241-300) Lake, Marion, Orange,Seminole, Sumter Region 6 Central East Florida (301-360) Brevard, Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Osceola, St. Lucie, Volusia Region 7 Southwest Florida (361-410) Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Manatee, Sarasota Region 8 Southeast Florida (411-500) Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach
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Region 1 Northwest Florida (1 - 90) 
Counties for this region: Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, Washington
FLOR500 Region 1 Tiled Drawing




1. Florida's Native People in A.D. 1500 - Museum of Florida History

2. Abraham, Interpreter, Soldier

3. Caroline Baker Allen, Educator, Civic Leader 

4. Alonso Alvarez de Pineda, Spanish Explorer

5. Andres de Arriola, Spanish Governor of Pensacola

6. Edward Ball, Businessman

7. James Hartley Beal, Pharmacist, Conchologist, Educator   

8. Benboe Family, Entrepreneurs 

9. Willie H. Blankston, Civil Rights Activist 

10. Charles H. Bliss, Magazine Publisher, Mayor

11. William Alexander Blount, Sr., Attorney

12. Marianna Bonifay, Businesswoman

13. Henry Marie Brackenridge, Businessman

14. Francis Celestino Brent, Businessman

15. John Thomas Brooks, Founder of Fort Walton Beach

16. John William Brooks, Civic Leader, Businessman 

17. Wallace Bruce, Poet, Magazine Editor, Civic Leader

18. Lola Lee Daniell Bruington, Historian

19. Erwin S. Buck, Early Settler, Merchant, Postmaster

20. Dr. Alvin Wentworth Chapman, Physician

21. Sam Charles, Businessman

22. William D. Chipley, Businessman, Mayor

23. Jacqueline Cochran, Aviator

24. Fanny-Fern Smith Davis, Botanist 

25. Filo de la Rua, Public Official

26. Juan de la Rua, Businessman, Public Official

27. Leonard Destin, Founder of Destin 

28. William Curtis Dobbins, Reverend, Civil Rights Activist

29. Ebenezer Dorr, Territorial Marshall

30. Elias Durnford, Civil Engineer

31. Zebulon Elijah, Public Official

32. Joseph Forsyth, Businessman

33. General Bernardo de Gálvez, Spanish Official

34. Antonio Garcon, Interpreter

35. Adam J. Gerlach, Early Settler, Businessman 

36. Silas Gibson, Early Settler 

37. Ida Goodson, Musician 

38. Bill Harbeson III, Businessman 

39. Modeste Hargis, Pharmacist

40. William Harvey, Funeral Home Owner

41. Andrew Jackson, Military General, Territorial Governor, President

42. Liza Jackson, Community Activist 

43. General Daniel "Chappie” James, Jr., Air Force General

44. Lilly James, Educator

45. John Kelker, Minister 

46. Claude Roy Kirk, Jr., Governor

47. Conrad Kupfrian, Businessman

48. Christian S. LaRoche, Civic Leader 

49. William C. Lazarus, Engineer, Museum Founder 

50. Yulee Way Lazarus, Museum Founder, Curator

51. Tierce Lee, Businessman

52. Matthew M. Lewey, Newspaper Publisher

53. Addie Rushton Lewis, Educator 

54. Tristan de Luna, Spanish Leader of First Settlement Attempt at Pensacola

55. William Allen Lundy, Civil War Veteran 

56. Dr. Vernon McDaniel, Educator

57. Alexander McGillivray, Creek Indian Leader

58. Stephen R. Mallory, Confederate Secretary of the Navy

59. Rev. Hawthorne Konrad "H. K.” Matthews, Civil Rights Activist

60. Theophalis May, Historic Preservationist

61. Clifford Meigs, Developer, Mayor 

62. Arturo Menillo, Photographer 

63. Julia Mooney and Euphrates Mooney, Early Settlers, Postmasters

64. Richard R. Morris, Lighthouse Keeper, Businessman

65. John Newton, Minister, Educator 

66. Julian Olsen, Community Activist

67. William Panton, Businessman

68. Edward A. Perry, Governor

69. James E. Plew, Businessman 

70. James Polkinghorne, Sr., Pharmacist

71. James Polkinghorne, Jr., Tuskegee Airman Pilot

72. Chester Pruitt, Police Officer 

73. Sarah Frances Brooks Pryor, Educator, Community Activist 

74. Thomas Jefferson "TJ” Pryor, Jr., Businessman, Mayor

75. William Columbus Pryor, Educator, Mayor

76. Jessie Rogers, Early Settler 

77. Salvador Ruby, Soldier, Businessman

78. Eugene Edwin Saunders, Businessman

79. Robert Lee Fulton Sikes, Politician

80. Andrew Simpson and Ezekiel Simpson, Businessmen

81. Theodore "Theo” Staff, Early Settler, Businessman 

82. John Sunday, Public Official, Businessman

83. Thomas DeSaille Tucker, Attorney, University President

84. Timothy Twitchell, Businessman

85. The Walton Guard, Civil War Company 

86. T. T. Wentworth, Jr., Museum Founder

87. Dr. Henry Clay White, Jr., Physician

88. Dr. Henry G. Williams, Physician

89. Charles Wilson, Attorney

90. Philip Keyes Yonge, Businessman, Civic Leader




This list of Historic Figures was compiled by our History Steering Committee:



              West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc.

West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc.

Pensacola, FL 


    City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park and Cultural Center

City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park and Cultural Center

Fort Walton Beach, FL


    Museum of Florida History

Museum of Florida History
Tallahassee, FL




This participatory art project by Miami artist Xavier Cortada (http://www.cortada.com/) commemorates the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon's landing in Florida. It is being presented through the Florida International University College of Architecture + The Arts / Office of Engaged Creativity in partnership with the Florida Higher Education Arts Network, the Museum of Florida History and VIVA FLORIDA 500.







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