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This work for general readers and environmentalists alike offers the first major discussion of the formation, development, and history of the Everglades, considered by many to be the most endangered ecosystem in North America. Comprehensive in scope, it begins with south Florida's geologic origins - before the Everglades became wetlands - and continues through the twentieth century, when sugar reigned as king of the Everglades Agricultural Area. Charting the effects of human intervention on the region, David McCally traces its habitation from the Calusas and other native groups to the modern period dominated by agri-business. Urging restoration of the Everglades, McCally argues that agriculture, especially sugar growing, must be abandoned or altered. To buy time for public debate over the final form of a sustainable Everglades, he suggests the creation of a park modeled on New York's Adirondack State Park.
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Mart A. Stewart
Engaging, fascinating (and fine-grained).... It will change the way we think about the Everglades.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813016481
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Florida History and Culture Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Foreword
Preface
1 A Changing Landscape 1
Rock
Water
Fire
The Mature System
2 Changing Peoples 31
Paleo and Archaic Indians
The Calusa
The Spanish
3 The Derelict Land 58
The Making of a Derelict Land, 1513-1714
The Custard Apple Swamp
The Everglades Trough
The Miami Rocklands
The Mangrove Fringe
The Derelict System
4 Drainage 84
Nineteenth-Century Prelude
The Progressive Drainage Effort, 1903-1913
Denouement
5 Drainage Reconsidered and Pioneer Settlement, 1912-1924 106
Drainage Reconsidered, 1912-1913
Pioneer Settlement, 1883-1924
6 Perfecting the Developmental System 129
Drainage in the Era of the Randolph Plan, 1913-1928
The Corps of Engineers, 1926-1947
A Too-Dry Land, 1938-1948
Comprehensive Water Control Begins in 1948
7 The Fruits of Development 154
Soil Productivity
Land Consolidation, 1920-1940
Labor
Everglades Agricultural Area, 1950 to the Present
Epilogue: Restoration 175
Notes 183
Bibliography 199
Index 211
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