Florida Gulf Coast Food, Restaurants and Waterfront Views
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It is generally accepted that Florida was discovered in 1513 by Ponce de Leon. He promptly claimed what he thought was an island for Spain. While the eastern part of Florida was land the English and Spanish clashed over through the early 1700's, western Florida became clusters of settlements far removed from from the influences of conflicts along the east coast. The United States "annexed" western Florida in 1810. In 1821 Spain sells and cedes all claims to Florida and the state becomes the 27th state of the United States in 1845.
During Florida's first 300 plus years, the west coast, along the Gulf of Mexico, became clusters of cultures as diverse as the food and ethnic backgrounds of the people who lived there. From pirates, native Americans, pursued slaves, French settlers, Spanish settlers, Cuban settlers and religious colonies the Gulf coast became, arguably, the most interesting stretch of shoreline in the country - and it still is!