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Florida in World War I

When the United States entered World War I (1914-1918) on April 6, 1917, Florida was a sparsely populated state, with fewer than 1 million inhabitants. But thousands of Floridians joined the millions of other Americans heeding President Woodrow Wilson’s call to make the world “safe for democracy.” Although the United States was involved in the global conflict for only 19 months, the war significantly affected the social, economic and environmental conditions of our state. Of the 4 million American men and women who joined the armed services between 1917 and 1918, over 42,000 were Floridians, serving in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard.

On the homefront, countless others performed their patriotic duty by purchasing liberty bonds, volunteering with service organizations, and conserving food and raw materials. The state’s climate and abundance of land made it an ideal location for military training, technological development, and agricultural production.

 

Our Partners

 

Florida Memory

Florida Memory

Florida Memory, the digital outreach program of the State Library and Archives of Florida features a new online exhibit, Florida in WWI. Florida Memory provides free online access from the collections of the State of Florida to archival resources that illuminate the state's history and culture.

United States World War One Centennial Commission

United States World War One Centennial Commission

In partnership with the United States World War One Centennial Commission (WW1CC), the Florida Division of Historical Resources has created a Florida website hosted on the Commission’s webpage along with over a dozen other online state websites. The WW1CC webpage is the online portal to the United States World War I Centennial Commission which is in charge of planning and coordinating national commemorations of the centennial of World War I. The Commission is also working to establish a National World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C.