Native American in Palm Beach County

The DuBois house on top of the Jeaga shell mound in DuBois Park, Jupiter. Courtesy Historical Society of Palm Beach County Florida’s unique history began long before it earned its Spanish-based name. By the end of the last ice age, or about 12,000 years ago, the first people were already living in the area we […]

Palm Beach County History-Introduction

West Palm Beach 1900 Courtesy Historical Society of Palm Beach County West Palm Beach 2002 Courtesy Historical Society of Palm Beach County History is the study of change over time. Many things influence change, such as geography, weather, natural resources, and people. The story of how those changes affected humans and the area around them […]

Special Districts and Consolidation Government

There are two additional forms of local governments: the special district, and a consolidation of city and county governments. The first form provides specific needs and is separate from the county government. The other eliminates duplication of some services, thereby centralizing the government. SPECIAL DISTRICTS Special districts provide a specialized service to a specific geographical […]

County and Municipal Governments

Florida has sixty-seven county governments and 408 municipal governments. These local governments help the state government run Florida more efficiently. Each county has a county seat, where the center of county government is located. For instance, the county seat for Palm Beach County is West Palm Beach. Many counties operate under a charter, which is […]

Civics and History

Civics is the study of the rights and duties of citizens. The concept of citizenship comes from ancient Greece and Rome, where only adult males with property had the right to vote and to be part of the political process. In the United States, your gender or wealth does not prohibit you from participating as […]

Florida Government

The State of Florida has a constitution much like the U.S. Constitution. The purpose of a constitution is to provide the framework for government, limit government authority, and protect the rights of the people. Though each state has its own constitution, the U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land. Florida’s first constitution was […]

Geography

Geographic Location, Land, and Climate History of Florida Geology & Geography Florida has a unique geography that can be seen and explored today. Learn the history of the land and how it was formed.    Click below for a downloadable copy of this article.    Student Download Teacher Download Geographic Location, the Land, and the […]

Florida’s Ancient People

Florida’s Ancient People Palm Beach County: The People of the Water This section provides an overview of the first native tribes and the ancient people that inhabited South Florida.  Click below for a downloadable copy of this article. Student Download Teacher Download Florida’s Early Native Americans Our state’s history began long before the area was […]

Colonial Florida

Colonial Florida Juan Ponce de León Courtesy of Jacques Reich THE FIRST SPANISH PERIOD The first explorers authorized by the Spanish government arrived in Florida in the sixteenth century. When they encountered the native peoples, they found most of them to be hostile. Between 1513 and 1565, the Spanish made many attempts to establish permanent settlements […]

Territorial Florida

Territorial Florida TERRITORY OF FLORIDA Florida became a territory of the United States on March 4, 1822. A territory is an area of land under the jurisdiction of a ruler or state. The territorial legislature established Florida’s first two counties, Escambia (formerly British West Florida) and St. Johns (formerly British East Florida). The legislators also […]