The Everglades: An Environmental History / Edition 1

The Everglades: An Environmental History / Edition 1

by David Mccally
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

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

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Foreword
Preface
1A Changing Landscape1
Rock
Water
Fire
The Mature System
2Changing Peoples31
Paleo and Archaic Indians
The Calusa
The Spanish
3The Derelict Land58
The Making of a Derelict Land, 1513-1714
The Custard Apple Swamp
The Everglades Trough
The Miami Rocklands
The Mangrove Fringe
The Derelict System
4Drainage84
Nineteenth-Century Prelude
The Progressive Drainage Effort, 1903-1913
Denouement
5Drainage Reconsidered and Pioneer Settlement, 1912-1924106
Drainage Reconsidered, 1912-1913
Pioneer Settlement, 1883-1924
6Perfecting the Developmental System129
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
7The Fruits of Development154
Soil Productivity
Land Consolidation, 1920-1940
Labor
Everglades Agricultural Area, 1950 to the Present
Epilogue: Restoration175
Notes183
Bibliography199
Index211

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