Many factors have made the area special: its natural history; its successive waves of immigrants; its wars, booms, and depressions. The cigar industry, banana exporting, cattle raising, fishing, and retirement have attracted many settlers in search of the" Golden Ibis." All too often the vision has proved elusive, but for some, like Henry Plant and Doc Webb, the spectacular was possible. For others, like the Seminoles, a way of life ended.
In a narrative that is as exciting to read as it is historically compelling, Gloria Jahoda traces the Hillsborough River's origin to prehistoric times, chronicles the arrivals of the conquistadores, the missionaries, and the marauders greedy for civilizing and for treasure, and points out how 20th-century ambitions threaten to destroy the environment as surely as earlier encroachment annihilated native peoples.
- ISBN-13: 9780813017891
- ISBN-10: 0813017890
- Publisher: University Press of Florida
- Publish Date: June 2000
- Page Count: 432
- Dimensions: 8.96 x 5.97 x 1.09 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
Series: Florida Sand Dollar Books