The Everglades: An Environmental History / Edition 1

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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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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: 9780813018270
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Florida History and Culture Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 215
  • Sales rank: 1,462,839
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
1 A Changing Landscape 1
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
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
Everglades Agricultural Area, 1950 to the Present
Epilogue: Restoration 175
Notes 183
Bibliography 199
Index 211
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