That list is very helpful. I was wondering if anyone can suggest books both fiction and non fiction that take place specifically in the coastal mangrove waters from Everglade City to Flamingo. Also articles or web sites. I am aware of:
Peter Matthiessen trilogy,
Totch by Loren "Totch" Brown
Crackers in the Glade by Rob Storter
True Tales of the Everglades by Stuart McIver
From the Swamp to the Keys by Johnny Molloy
Nature Girl by Carl Hiassen
There is a little in :
The Cruise of the "Seminole" by Vincent Gilpin
Stolen Water by Hodding Carter
and a few chapters in:
Tales of Old Florida
My personal intrests are Calusa history and archaeology, postcontact history, and detective/ murder mysteries. And I find the mysteries the best reading by headlamp. Thanks, Rob
That's a great resource, thanks for sharing. TFA, awesome that you found the 1st ed of Truesdell's book.
There are 2 books in particular on the list that I highly recommend.
Hugh Willoughby's Across the Everglades, published in 1898.
Calvin Stone's Forty years in the Everglades (a lot of info on Big cypress and Fakahatchee areas).
I am definately going to get a copy of the Dredgeman of Cape Sable. After paddling down the Bear Lake trail a couple of weeks ago I just imagined how difficult it must have been to carve out that trail.
One book I re read on a 3 day paddle trip last November was, Nine Florida Stories by Marjorie Stoneman Douglas. Good book to bring along when you want to read a short story before going to bed. The stories are works of fiction that take place in South Florida, Everglades, Big Cypress and the Keys.
Gladesmen - Laura Ogden and Glen Simmons
Dredgeman of Cape Sable
Hugh Willoughby's - Across the Everglades ( a weathered old copy form the FIU library)
Anyways, these three texts provided me inspiration when I first started exploring the glades in the late 90's. I 've have always tried to imagine what the landscape must of looked like then. I've wondered which hammock Hugh W setup his camp when drinking his "sweet bay tea"....or taking the far end of ingram highway or even the dried up slough (mentioned in Gladesmen)that used to exist between the park and florida city.
I've tried to get my hands on other Glen Simmons/Laura Ogden books but have been so far unsucessful...
Alibris has numerous copies of Gladesmen available, that's a fun book.
I have another book to recommend. "Death in the Everglades" by Stuart B. McIver. It's about the plume trade and the murder of the game warden Guy Bradley near Flamingo. You bushwackers will like the description of George Cuthbert canoeing from Tarpon Creek to Cuthbert Lake while leaving no trace.
Florida's Vanishing Trail by James Hammond