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5 Fun Facts About May 22 In Florida History

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1. In 1824, the first steamship to sail in Florida arrived in St. Augustine. Known as the Enterprise, the ship was used for transportation and trade.

2. In 1856, the first railroad in Florida was completed. The Tallahassee Railroad connected the state capital to the Gulf of Mexico, making it easier to transport goods and people from the interior to the coast.

3. In 1933, Bonnie and Clyde, the infamous criminal duo, were killed in Louisiana. However, their story includes a visit to Florida in 1930, where they robbed a bank in Okaloosa County.

4. In 1960, the St. Lawrence Seaway officially opened, connecting the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. This was significant for Florida as it increased trade opportunities with Canada and the northeastern states.

5. In 1987, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa Bay was reopened after being rebuilt following a tragic accident in 1980. The bridge collapsed after being struck by a cargo ship, causing the deaths of 35 people. The new bridge, which is now a landmark of the city, includes engineering features designed to prevent such accidents.
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