In 1881, Philadelphian Hamilton Disston purchased 4 million acres of land in the Everglades - one of the largest purchases of land made by a single person in the history of America.

Dr. Milton Waldo, Dr. DeWitt Webb, and Charlie Johnson officially formed the St. Augustine Historical Society on January 1, 1883.

On July 5, 1884, President Chester Arthur approved an act securing $5,000 for repairs to Fort Marion.

Henry Flagler purchased the stocks and bonds of three Florida railroads: the Jacksonville, Halifax River, and St. Augustine lines.

On April 13, 1886, members of the Apache Nation were brought to Fort Marion in St. Augustine.

On the morning of April 12, 1887, a fire swept through downtown St. Augustine. Originating at the St.

The Grand Opening of Henry Flagler's Ponce de Leon Hotel took place on January 10, 1888.

On January 20, 1890, Henry Flagler opened the first bridge across the St. Johns River (and the first all-steel bridge anywhere in Florida).

Jose Marti came to St. Augustine in September 1892.

Florida was hit with a devastating freeze which lasted from December, 1894, until February of the following year.

The Cuban Revolution began on February 24, 1895. The Cuban Revolutionary Party, led by Joe Marti, joined with Maximo Gomez to fight again the Spanish Army in Cuba.

On April 15, 1896, the Florida East Coast Railway opened its station in Miami, extending the line 366 miles.

The Spanish-American War erupted in the Caribbean in April 1898. The Cuban Revolutionary Party declared war on Spain in 1895, and fighting ensued for three years.

The Curtiss Exhibition Company came to St. Augustine in April 1911, invited by local businessman Chares F. Hopkins. Aviators James J. Ward and J.A.D.

On January 22, 1912, Henry Flagler triumphantly boarded the first train to Key West. Flagler's vision was complete: his hotels were successful and railroads in constant use across the state.

Henry M. Flagler died on May 20, 1913 at the age of 83.

On June 28, 1914, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife were assassinated by Serbian nationalist, Gavrilo Princip, in Sarejevo.

On May 7, 1915, a German U-Boat torpedoed the British liner Lusitania, sinking it off the coast of Ireland. Of the 1,959 people aboard, 1,198 were killed, including 128 Americans. U.S.

In 1918 The St. Augustine Historical Society purchased the Gonzalez-Alvarez House, operated as the "Oldest House" today.

President Calvin Coolidge declared Fort Marion a National Monument on October 15, 1924.