Here are 5 interesting facts about August 24 in Florida history:
1. In 1814, during the Second Seminole War, U.S. troops led by General Jackson destroyed the Spanish Fort San Carlos de Barrancas in Pensacola Bay.
2. In 1896, the Florida State Fair Association incorporated and elected its first officers, including President Henry D. Dutton and Secretary W. F. Coachman.
3. In 1926, the Miami Daily News reported that the first church erected in Miami, the Holy Cross Episcopal Church, was demolished by a hurricane that hit the city on this day.
4. In 1961, Ernest Hemingway's widow, Mary Welsh Hemingway, donated the Hemingway House in Key West to the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum foundation.
5. In 1992, Miami-Dade County was hit by Hurricane Andrew, one of the most destructive hurricanes in U.S. history, causing extensive damage and loss of life. The Category 5 storm caused $25 billion in damage and was responsible for 65 fatalities in Florida.
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