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 5 Central Florida (258-333)
Counties for this region:Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter
FLOR500 Region 5 Tiled Drawing







258. Jesse Aaron, Sculptor

259. Ahaya the Cowkeeper, Seminole Chief 

260. Martin Andersen, Businessman, Journalist 

261. James B. Bailey, Plantation Owner, Public Official 

262. John Bellamy, Plantation Owner, Road Builder 

263. General Albert Blanding, Military Officer

264. Thelma Bolton, Florida Folk Festival Director 

265. Joseph Brechner, Journalist

266. Henry H. Buckman, Politician

267. Robert Cade, Scientist 

268. Joseph Clark. Civic Leader 

269. David Cofrin, Philanthropist 

270. Bessie Coleman, Aviatrix

271. Joseph Crevasse, Sheriff

272. Bill Darden, Restaurant Owner 

273. Leonard G. Dennis, Politician

274. John Jackson "J. J.” Dickison, Confederate Officer

275. Bo Diddley, Musician 

276. Roy Disney, Builder of Walt Disney World 

277. Walt Disney, Founder of Walt Disney World 

278. James Doig, Businessman

279. Phillip Benjamin Harvey "P.B.H.” Dudley, Early Settler

280. Henry F. Dutton, Businessman 

281. Helen Ellerbe, Librarian

282. General J. J. Finley, Confederate Officer

283. Edna Giles Fuller, Politician, Women’s Rights Activist 

284. General Edmund Pendleton Gaines, Military Officer 

285. Thomas Evans Haile, Early Settler

286. Paula Hawkins, Politician 

287. Virgil Hawkins, Attorney, Civil Rights Activist 

288. Hamilton Holt, Educator 

289. Lena Smithers Hughes, Horticulturalist 

290. Zora Neal Hurston, Folklorist, Anthropologist, Author 

291. Elizabeth McCullough Johnson, Politician

292. John Paul Jones, Jr., Educator, Journalist 

293. William Stetson Kennedy, Author

294. Jack Kerouac, Author 

295. Murray S. King, Architect 

296. King Payne, Seminole Chief

297. Carl Kuhl, Aviator

298. Carl Thomas Langford, Mayor of Orlando

299. T.G. Lee, Dairy Producer 

300. Roberta Lisle, Mayor

301. Marie Bell McCoy, Author 

302. James F. McKinstry, Physician and Postmaster

303. Chris Matheson & Sarah Hamilton Matheson, Mayor; Donor of Matheson House

304. James Douglas Matheson, Businessman, Public Official 

305. Juanita Maxey, Civic Leader 

306. Pedro Menéndez Marquez, Spanish Colonial Official

307. Micanopy, Seminole Leader

308. J. Hillis Miller, University President

309. Charles Millican, University President 

310. Albert Alexander Murphree, University President

311. Dr. Henry Nehrling, Horticulturalist  

312. Edgar C. Nilson, Airport Developer 

313. Stephen C. O’Connell, University President

314. Brailey Odham, Politician 

315. July Perry, Civil Rights Activist 

316. Madison Starke Perry, Governor

317. Dr. P. Phillips, Citrus Grower 

318. Cicero Addison Pound, Businessman 

319. Hoyle Pounds, Businessman 

320. Samuel Proctor, University Historian 

321. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Author

322. Blair Reeves, University Professor 

323. J. Wayne Reitz, University President

324. Sarah Lucretia Robb, Physician, Community Activist 

325. Henry Sanford, Town Founder, Businessman, Diplomat 

326. Joseph D. Stringfellow, Plantation Owner

327. Henry Swanson, Environmentalist 

328. William S. "Tiny” Talbot, School Superintendent 

329. William Reuben Thomas, Educator, Mayor 

330. John J. Tigert, University President 

331. Joe Tinker, Businessman 

332. Josiah Thomas Walls, Politician 

333. Dr. W. W. Yothers, Entomologist  




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



Orange County Regional History Center
Orange County Regional History Center
Orlando, FL
Matheson Museum
Matheson Museum
Gainesville, FL
          John G. Riley House and Museum
John G. Riley House and Museum
Tallahassee, FL
Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum
Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum
Clewiston, 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.






FIU College of Architecture + The Arts

Xavier Cortada
Florida International University
College of Architecture + The Arts
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 430
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.


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