The Everglades: An Environmental History / Edition 1

The Everglades: An Environmental History / Edition 1

by David Mccally
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813018277

ISBN-13: 9780813018270

Pub. Date: 10/28/2000

Publisher: University Press of Florida

"[A] detailed and lively environmental history of the Everglades.  Those interested in anthropology, geology, and American history will also find much to fascinate them as McCally traces the ecosystem's development from its geologic origins through the first human habitation to today's threats by development and agriculture."-- Library Journal

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"[A] detailed and lively environmental history of the Everglades.  Those interested in anthropology, geology, and American history will also find much to fascinate them as McCally traces the ecosystem's development from its geologic origins through the first human habitation to today's threats by development and agriculture."-- Library Journal

"Admirable . . . an interesting and informative historical account of the Everglades."--Journal of Economic History

"A powerful book that might disturb some and energize others." -- St. Petersburg Times

"An engaging, fascinating, and fine-grained narrative that is good history with an activist edge. It will change the way we think about the Everglades."--Mart A. Stewart, Western Washington University, author of "What Nature Suffers to Groe": Life, Labor, and Landscape on the Georgia Coast

This important 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 20th century, when sugar reigned as king of the Everglades Agricultural Area.

 Urging restoration of the Everglades, McCally argues that agriculture, especially sugar growing, must be abandoned or altered.  Sure to be influential in all discussions of Florida's future, The Everglades also will be significant for environmentalists focused on any area of North America.

David McCally teaches U.S. history at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg campus, and environmental history at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813018270
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Series:
Florida History and Culture Series
Edition description:
First
Pages:
215
Product dimensions:
5.94(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.72(d)

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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