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Old 12-28-2018, 05:38 PM
 
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Wanted to share this book with you guys....it's one of the best books I've found on old Florida.
It's a collection of articles about travelling, fishing, hunting, farming, etc in Florida from the late 1800's to early 1900's.... a lot of stories about the 10,000 islands, Marco, Chokoloskee

You can find used on Amazon for less than $5...I highly recommend getting it

Tales of Old Florida
by Frank Oppel, Tony Meisel

>it's a big book, almost 500 pages...and small print...you get your monies worth!
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Old 12-28-2018, 05:58 PM
 
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The Swamp by Michael Grunwald ( really tear jerking, what we’ve lost) and A Land Remembered by Patrick D Smith. Fiction but pretty accurate from what I understand.

Can’t wait to check out your suggestion, Corrie.
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Old 12-28-2018, 06:43 PM
 
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I've got a bunch of them, but not the one Corrie mentioned, so I just ordered it on Amazon.......

In addition to A Land Remembered and The Swamp, these are some of the better ones I've read. Many of them are local SWFL stuff. I've got some of them on Kindle, a few are available new, and some are only available used via Amazon and other places.

I agree that The Swamp is truly a sad book, mainly because instead of fixing the myriad of problems created by draining and developing areas that shouldn't be, we're still exacerbating them by continuing to do just that.

In no particular order:

Oh Florida!: How America's weirdest state influences the rest of the country. Craig Pittman

Florida's Last Frontier Carlton Tebeau

Last Train to Paradise Les Standiford

The Caxambas Kid Maria Stone

What Happened to Ochopee? Jeff Whichello

Totch: A Life in the Everglades Loren "Totch" Brown

Expose: Florida's Billion Dollar Land Fraud Vince Conboy

Selling the Dream David Dodrill

Lies That Came True Eileen Bernard

Florida History From the Highways Douglas Waitley

Hidden History of Everglades City & Points Nearby Maureen Sullivan Hartung

Dreamers, Schemers and Scalliwags Stuart McIver

Exiles in Eden: Life Among the Ruins of Florida's Great Recession Paul Reyes

The East Side of the River Jessie Allen

Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida Gary Mormino

The Everglades: River of Grass Marjory Stoneman/Robert Fink

Some Kind of Paradise Mark Derr

That should get you started!

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Old 12-28-2018, 07:03 PM
 
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You guys are excellent!!!!!!!!!!! oh my gosh, thank you!

Tales of Old Florida was a huge eye opener for me....I didn't know Marco had a grocery store and a complete marina/boat repair...in the 1800's
...heck, I didn't even know boats had gasoline engines then either..or that South West Florida was a major tourist destination for tarpon fishing

One of my favorites..some guys were at the 10,000 islands..captured a manatee..wanted to take it alive to the NY Aquarium..realized they didn't have a permit to catch a manatee (a manatee
permit in the 1800's ??)...had to go all the way around to Miami, get a manatee permit, and go back....then build a big tank to hold water to move the manatee..and somehow ship it to NY
Can you imagine even trying that today?

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Old 12-29-2018, 06:14 AM
 
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How about "Brutal Journey: Cabeza de Vaca and the Epic First Crossing of North America" by Paul Schnider? The Spanish were wandering around FL in the early 1600s.
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Old 12-29-2018, 09:04 AM
 
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The Barefoot Mailman and The diary of Hernando Fonteneda are good reads,


Naplesfan.
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Old 12-29-2018, 09:08 AM
 
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The Barefoot Mailman and The Diary of Hernando Fonteneda are good reads.


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Old 01-04-2019, 07:42 PM
 
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On a big tangent, I remember reading this book during the Cuban Missle crises. Little did I know I would live across the USA and eventually settle down for good in Florida.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alas,_Babylon
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Old 01-04-2019, 08:35 PM
 
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On a big tangent, I remember reading this book during the Cuban Missle crises. Little did I know I would live across the USA and eventually settle down for good in Florida.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alas,_Babylon
Too funny! We are seriously considering moving to the Mt. Dora area, which is where Ft. Repose is supposed represent. Great book! I need to re read it.
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Old 01-05-2019, 09:10 AM
 
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Too funny! We are seriously considering moving to the Mt. Dora area, which is where Ft. Repose is supposed represent. Great book! I need to re read it.
That would make a MCO commute a lot less painful...
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