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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jose Marti came to St. Augustine in September 1892.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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