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The sea shell islands : a history of Sanibel and Captiva

Author: Elinore M Dormer; Ann Winterbotham
Publisher: New York : Vantage Press, [1975] ©1975
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Juan Ponce de Leon officially discovered the Sea Shell Islands, Sanibel and Captiva, in 1513 when he turned landward on the Gulf Coast of Florida and sailed south 'as far as some islands that make out to sea.' An abundant food supply attracted Indians before the Age of Discovery and their gold, gleaned from shipwrecks, brought the Spanish conquistadores, Slavers, pirates, marauding Seminoles -- all were part of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Dormer, Elinore M.
Sea shell islands.
(OCoLC)988285462
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elinore M Dormer; Ann Winterbotham
ISBN: 0533014522 9780533014521
OCLC Number: 1379676
Description: 210 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: "In the beginning ..." --
The Foot of Man --
Discovery, Maps and Place Names --
Exploration and Conquest --
The Calusa Kingdom --
Pedro Menendez and the Fort of San Anton --
The Spanish Occupation --
Pirates ... and the Early Spanish Fisheries --
The Town of Sanybel: 1833 --
Castor Beans, Mullet and the Lighthouse --
The Pioneer Families: East Sanibel --
The Pioneer Families: Wulfert, Captiva and Buck Key --
Farming, Hurricanes and the Tourist Trade --
The Years of Change.
Responsibility: Elinore M. Dormer ; illustrated by Ann Winterbotham.

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"Juan Ponce de Leon officially discovered the Sea Shell Islands, Sanibel and Captiva, in 1513 when he turned landward on the Gulf Coast of Florida and sailed south 'as far as some islands that make out to sea.' An abundant food supply attracted Indians before the Age of Discovery and their gold, gleaned from shipwrecks, brought the Spanish conquistadores, Slavers, pirates, marauding Seminoles -- all were part of the colorful, often tempestuous, history of these islands, now famous for sea shells. Mrs. Dormer's descriptions are informative and always lively, whether she's discussing and re-creating the accidental discovery of Sanibel and Captiva, making conjectures about a possible earlier visit by Amerigo Vespucci, or delving into the personal histories of some of the first permanent settlers on the two tiny isles. She makes it clear why such personages as Thomas A. Edison, Theodore Roosevelt and Edna St. Vincent Millay were drawn there as well. the present also is very real in The Sea Shell Islands as Islanders fight to keep the charms of another era against the almost insurmountable odds of explosive growth."--Publisher's description.

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