Julian Cutler Valdivia


Paul Ortiz





Florida Teaching

Research Project 

Another Day in Paradise: An Oral History of Southwest Florida

Project Description

Long ago Southwest Florida had been known for having vast untouched lands, rugged Florida crackers, and Spanish merchants who traded gold doubloons for herds of cattle. If you were to visit that desolate land today you’d find the growing Cape Coral-Fort Myers Metropolitan Area, elderly retirees, and European tourists eager to exchange their euros for an affordable vacation! A number of individuals lived between these two periods of history when Southwest Florida transitioned into what it is today between the 1950s and 2000s. My research involves interviewing these people to piece together an oral history of Southwest Florida, an area rarely mentioned in the wider history of the state.

Research Interests
  • US History
  • Florida History
  • New South
Academic Awards
  • Dean's List (2017)
  • University Scholars Program (2018)
  • The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program,
  • Phi Alpha Theta: History Honor Society
Hobbies and Interests
  • Reading
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Environmental Conservation