Florida may be one of the youngest states, but it is still rich in history. A new book is out that looks at our past and its author hopes it inspires people to love our state's history as much as he does.
Travel around our state from St. Augustine to Key West and you'll learn about the Spanish and Native Americans who lived here first.
For Henry Duggan, it's a perfect backdrop for a book.
"I just wanted to learn about Florida's history. The learning, the research was the real fun part for me. I loved it, you know, I'm a history buff," Duggan said.
His book is titled Silver's Odyssey and centers around the Atocha, a Spanish ship that sank off the coast of Key West in a hurricane on September 6, 1622.
It had millions of dollars worth of silver on board.
Against that historical backdrop, Duggan weaves the tale of one sailor who survives, and washes onshore in Florida, where he spends the next four years fighting his way through the wilderness, determined to get back to Spain.
It took Henry five years to write the book. He didn't start it until after he retired from the banking business, and he says it's been a fun journey.
"Life begins at 66, " Duggan laughingly said while he sat on the front porch of his Tampa home.
Now he hopes Floridians, young and old, will read the book and realize the rich past of our state.
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