Lake Okeechobee: Wellspring of the Everglades

Lake Okeechobee: Wellspring of the Everglades

Lake Okeechobee: Wellspring of the Everglades

Lake Okeechobee: Wellspring of the Everglades

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America's oldest frontier and at the same time her newest! The coast of Florida was visited by Spanish explorers less than a quarter of a century after the first voyage of Columbus to America in 1492. Yet, by reason of factors which our authors adequately describe, almost 400 years passed away before the white man definitely undertook the task of occupying Okeechobeeland. Although the United States Army fought over and incidentally traversed much of the region a century ago, only near the close of the nineteenth century did civilization advance in earnest upon the strange and primeval region which Lake Okeechobee dominates. The process, thus belatedly begun, of transforming the wilderness into a region of productive farms and peaceful homes still continues.

It follows as a matter of course that this book devotes relatively much more space to the recent past of its area than any preceding volume in The American Lakes Series has done. Although the authors of Late Okeechobee have not slighted the earlier history of the region, the greater portion of their narrative is as recent as the story of the Automobile Age, with whose beginnings many men still in our midst were identified.

Into their story Dr. and Mrs. Hanna have woven about everything one could wish to know or ask about Lake Okeechobee and its tributary area. Few regions of America have attracted more popular interest in recent years than the backwoods section of Florida which has been so sympathetically portrayed by the pen of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Probably no living persons know it better than Dr. and Mrs. Hanna who have combined their literary and historical talents in depicting the region, in which they have a deep and enduring interest. The resultant volume is a notable contribution to the record of American life. It reveals a frontier as fascinating as it is new, one that is filled with exciting . . .

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