“Colored” troops disembarking from a steamer returning from the war in Cuba

http://youtu.be/9AOf30Fk0gU Rare footage recorded on Thomas Edison Moving Picture paper film in May 1898 at Tampa, Florida. This film records African-American troops walking down a steep plank as they disembark a troop steamer in May 1898 returning from fighting in Cuba during the short-lived Spanish American War. The plank was especially steep because the disembarkation [...]

The Steamboat “Courtney”

One of the older steamboats plying the waters of what was then called the Florida East Coast Canal, the "Courtney" carried mostly passengers on short trips along the Florida East Coast in the 1890's. Henry Flagler, then president of both the Florida East Coast Railway and the Florida canal company, cruised into Miami on the [...]