Tracing Florida Journeys : Explorers, Travelers, and Landscapes Then and Now, Paperback / softback Book

Tracing Florida Journeys : Explorers, Travelers, and Landscapes Then and Now Paperback / softback

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Discover Florida’s unique places across time through writings from historyHow has Florida’s land changed across five centuries?

What has stayed the same, and what remains only in memory?

In Tracing Florida Journeys, Leslie Poole delves into the stories of well-known explorers and travelers who came to the peninsula and wrote about their experiences, looking at their words and the paths they took from the perspective of today.

In these pages, John Muir and Harriet Beecher Stowe write about their visits to Florida, reflecting their expectations of a place that was touted to be “paradise.” John James Audubon finds riches of bird life in the Keys.

Zora Neale Hurston travels to turpentine camps and sawmills documenting the stories and music of workers and residents.

Jonathan Dickinson and Stephen Crane recount shipwrecks along a sparsely populated coastline.

Members of Hernando de Soto’s violent 1539 expedition of conquest describe their struggles with dense swamps, forests, and rivers, and resistance from the Native people they exploited.

Using journals and articles by these and other authors that date back to the early European exploration of the region, Poole retraces their steps.

The land they write about is often hard to imagine in today’s Florida, a top destination for tourists filled with almost 22 million residents.

These stories show the evolving history of the state and the richness of its natural resources.

Poole’s comparisons also point to the people who have been displaced and the ecosystems that have been dramatically altered by exploration and development.

Highlighting the Florida that was and the Florida that exists now, Poole brings together historical research, interviews with experts, and her personal experiences to tell a revealing story of the state’s natural history. Funding for this publication was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.