Historic Sanibel and Captiva Islands: Tales of Paradise

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The story of Sanibel and Captiva Islands stretches back over three hundred years, to a time when natives roamed the islands and Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon first met and tried to subdue the Calusa Indians in San Carlos Bay in 1513. The next few centuries were flooded with pioneers, fishermen and clergymen in their quest to tame the wilderness in search of a better life. Discover how anthropologist Frank Cushing visited pioneer Sam Ellis in 1895 after the farmer discovered bones on his homestead, and how ...

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Overview

The story of Sanibel and Captiva Islands stretches back over three hundred years, to a time when natives roamed the islands and Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon first met and tried to subdue the Calusa Indians in San Carlos Bay in 1513. The next few centuries were flooded with pioneers, fishermen and clergymen in their quest to tame the wilderness in search of a better life. Discover how anthropologist Frank Cushing visited pioneer Sam Ellis in 1895 after the farmer discovered bones on his homestead, and how President Theodore Roosevelt saved a little girl from drowning when he lived on a houseboat in Captiva to study local marine life. Join local history columnist Jeri Magg as she recounts the storied history of these little slices of paradise.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609493554
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/30/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 985,786
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeri Magg has been freelancing for over twenty years, writing for regional and local magazines and newspapers. She and her husband, Karl, moved from New York to Sanibel in 1980 with their two daughters, Carolyn and Kathy. An avid bike rider and beach addict, Jeri has volunteered at the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village for more than ten years and has authored numerous articles about the history of the islands. Now, after thirty years of listening to innumerable tales, many told by the original pioneers or their descendants, she's compiled these stories, along with a site map in this book, so others may enjoy the islands while learning their history.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction. Beginnings 9

1 Point Ybel: The Sanibel Light 17

2 Islanders Come by Sea: Ferry Road 22

3 Commerce Comes to the Islands: Living and Working at the East End 28

4 Bridging the Past: Lindgren Boulevard to Bailey Road 33

5 First Homes on the Bay: Woodring Point 40

6 A Paddle Boat, a Hotel and the First Church: Casa Ybel Road 46

7 Road through Paradise: Periwinkle Way 55

8 The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village: Dunlop Road 63

9 A School for Black Children, a Marina and a Home for a Captain: Tarpon Bay Road 72

10 A Private School, an Inn and a Cemetery: West Gulf Drive 77

11 Pioneers Fish, Play and Are Laid to Rest: Sanibel-Captiva Road 84

12 Into the Wilderness: The Isles of Captiva and Buck Key 91

13 In Harmony with Nature: Captiva Road 98

14 The Chapel and the Cemetery: Chapin Drive 106

15 The Heart of Captiva: Andy Rosse Lane 109

16 Key Lime Plantation: South Seas Paradise 118

Epilogue 123

Selected Bibliography 125

About the Author 127

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