Articles by Paul S. George

Soldiers marching on Royal Palm Park in 1898.

Miami and the Spanish American War – Part 2 of 3

As noted in part one of this series, Miami finally secured a military training camp in June of 1898 as fighting continued in Cuba between the United States and Spain over the issue of Cuban independence. The work of the…


Tents in Miami for Soldiers in 1898

Miami and the Spanish American War – Part 1 of 3

Miami was less than two years of age when, in April 1898, the United States went to war with the aging empire of Spain over the issue of Cuban independence.  A picturesque island with a lively, cosmopolitan capital in Havana,…


Silver Palm School House in 1911

Life on the Southeast Florida Frontier

We’ve explored in prior articles some of the pioneering communities of Greater Miami, all of which saw their fate change with the entry of Henry M. Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway into the area in April 1896.  While the area…


Coconut Grove Playhouse in 1940s

Coconut Grove – Yesterday & Today

The VIP list of writers who visited or resided in Coconut Grove by the mid-20th century were joined by the “royalty” of the entertainment world who made the village a stop on their circuits.  The roster of musical artists performing…


Barnacle in 1897

Coconut Grove’s Twentieth Century Journey

The destiny of the Miami area and all southeast Florida changed dramatically in 1896 when Henry M. Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway reached the Miami River. Soon hundreds of new settlers were pouring into Dade County.  Coconut Grove residents viewed…