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Today, on the Keys between Key West and the mainland, some 40,000 residents and thousands of visitors fish, swim, sail, and dive in the crystal clear waters off a tropical reef; relax in the sun and cooling trade wind breezes; and sleep in the air-conditioned comfort of their homes and hotel rooms. On these same islands, as short a time as 80 years ago, fewer than 300 inhaToday, on the Keys between Key West and the mainland, some 40,000 residents and thousands of visitors fish, swim, sail, and dive in the crystal clear waters off a tropical reef; relax in the sun and cooling trade wind breezes; and sleep in the air-conditioned comfort of their homes and hotel rooms. On these same islands, as short a time as 80 years ago, fewer than 300 inhabitants tried to eke out a living without benefit of electricity, running water, radios, or telephones. Tormented by clouds of voracious mosquitoes and no-see-ums, broiled by the tropical sun, they lived in thatched-roof homes regularly flattened by hurricane winds. Weeks would go by before some passing sailboat brought them news of the outside world or their relatives. The stories of these hardy pioneers and their predecessors, as far back as the Native Americans who lived on the Keys at least 1,000 years ago, are told, many for the first time, in this book. As vividly portrayed as if they were characters in a novel, these true-life inhabitants of the Florida Keys will capture your admiration as you share in the dreams and realities of their daily lives....

Title : Florida Keys Volume 1: A History of the Pioneers
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ISBN : 9781561646449
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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Florida Keys Volume 1: A History of the Pioneers Reviews

  • Mary-J
    2019-02-23 09:53

    An excellent book about the history of the Keys. One of three books he has written.

  • Carol Vaughn
    2019-03-12 01:46

    I enjoy reading local history while visiting the place and picked up this hard copy at the Key Deer Sanctuary Headquarters on Big Pine Key. This was an easy, delightful read that educated me, had me searching for more info on each topic and wanting more. It has influenced my trip here and made we realize and appreciate the temporary and transient nature of the Keys. I loved it. Thanks John Viele.

  • Darla Lee
    2019-03-09 03:47

    This is one of my textbooks for the semester. It was interesting reading on the history of the Florida Keys. If you are a history buff, this is for you. It has first hand account of stories of people who live there after the devastating hurricane of 1935.

  • Paul Ramey
    2019-02-25 03:42

    Very enjoyable read! Really recommend to any Florida history buffs. Invaluable regional insights; now I want to visit all the Keys!

  • Amy Hoodock
    2019-03-11 02:36

    Clear, concise, wonderfully readable history of settlements in the Florida Keys. It specifically did not cover Key West except for mentions of when people on the other Keys trade or went there.

  • Ann
    2019-03-23 06:48

    A quick, enjoyable read. Interesting facts and stories about the Keys and the determined folks who attempted to eke out a living on these tiny islands.

  • Crystal
    2019-03-02 08:39

    Really glad to read this fascinating tapestry of so many determined but tragic men and women of The Keys.

  • Rich Boyett
    2019-02-25 02:43

    Those early pioneers were tough. The skeeters would have run me off.

  • Julia DeBarrioz
    2019-03-04 05:53

    An excellent historical account of the Keys!