The Second World War had a significant impact on Florida’s development. Many military bases were established during the war, which brought many new residents to the state. Many men who trained in Florida returned there after the war ended, most of them bringing their high school sweetheart and starting a family. With the invention of air-conditioning in the 1950s, the climate was made much more enjoyable.
The Cold War also had an effect on Florida with the creation on the National Highway system. This allowed many more families to come and visit as a holiday. Many of the unique natural features were the main attractions at the time, particularly in the northern parts of the state. These experiences of postwar Florida demonstrate how it developed according to tourism and economic expectations.