The Florida Everglades covers a vast portion of the southern half of the state. It stretches 100 miles south from Lake Okeecholee down through Cape Sable, Florida Bay and the inner Keys. It's comprised of swamps, mangrove forest and endless sawgrass.
The Florida Everglades offers a protective area for some fascinating animals and reptiles to flourish. One such animal is the sea cow or manatee, aquatic mammals which normally inhabit saltwater. During the winter months, when the Gulf waters and Atlantic ocean grows cold, they will enter the rivers and clear springs for warmth.
Their formidable size and weight can run up to 13 feet and 1300 pounds. Although their size is intimidating, the manatee is known as a timid animal with a mild disposition.
The alligator can be found in most of the bodies of water in the swamps of the Florida Everglades. It is a protected species in Florida, although there is a hunting season on the alligator, which is done on a lottery system to control the species.
Alligator tail is a long-time delicacy of the South Florida area. The meat is tender, juicy and low in cholesterol.
Click any of the Seven Stories below and Travel to Florida's Magnificent Everglades.
Florida's Magnificent Everglades - A small group of visitors clusters at the edge of a pond behind the Shark Valley Visitor Center in Everglades National Park. Two minutes of visiting the Everglades and the first gator had already been spotted. Try spotting a bear that fast in Yellowstone.
"CRACKER" The term stems from the early days when Florida cowboy cow cavalrymen, in lieu of the rope used by Texas cowboys, welded a bullwhip, 10 - 12 feet long made of braided leather, and when snapped over a cow's head, made a sharp"crack".
Romancing the Swamp Local eco-tour provider wades into the Florida wild. Scared of the swamp? Intrigued by the swamp? Then explore the swamp. It will forever change you.
Everglades Stories - We’re trying to find ways to restore wetlands and to do it in a way that will really benefit the water quality when it finally does leave the land and also to store the water there and not sort of pipeline it straight into Lake Okeechobee and pipeline it into the everglades.
Everglades Cape Sable Through the Everglades to a shore about 20 miles to the west of Flamingo, called Cape Sable.and was said to have a pink beach literally made from shells, and also was habitat to the rare and elusive Cape Sable Sparrow, which we all wanted to see.
Little Everglades Ranch - The Little Everglades Ranch is a pioneer ranch establishing the First Santa Gertrudis herd of cattle in Florida. This breed was established to function in hot, humid and unfavorable environments. The Santa Gertrudis was developed by crossing Indian Brahman cattle with British Shorthorns and was first introduced to the Little Everglades Ranch from the King Ranch ~ Kingsville, Texas in the year 1941.
Miccosukee, Tribe of Indians of Florida
The Miccosukee are a Native American tribe living in Florida.
Unlike the Creek-speaking Seminole, they speak the Mikasuki language, another of the Muskogean languages.
Their original home was in the Tennessee Valley, but they later migrated to northern Florida during the 18th and 19th centuries, forming a major part of the Seminole tribe; they moved again to the Everglades after the Seminole Wars.
During this period they mixed heavily with the Creek-speaking Seminoles, but many of them maintained their Mikasuki language.
The tribe today occupies several reservations in southern Florida including Everglades City, principally the Miccosukee Indian Reservation. Some Seminoles are Miccosukee people.
Many Creek and Miccosukee people, along with some individuals from other southeastern tribes, joined together to create the powerful Seminole tribe. Most Miccosukee people joined the Seminoles, but others still consider themselves distinct.
The Miccosukee tribe has their own reservation, which is land that belongs to them and is legally under their control. Not all Miccosukee people live on this reservation, however.
Most Miccosukee people live on the two Seminole reservations in Oklahoma and Florida. Each of these three tribes has its own government, laws, police, and services, just like a small country.
The Seminole Tribe of Florida
The Seminole people are the descendents of the Creek people. The diversity of the Tribe is reflected in the fact that its members spoke seven languages- Muscogee, Hitchiti, Koasati, Alabama, Natchez, Yuchi and Shawnee.
The first Creek speaking people, settled at Chocuchattee (Red House) near present day Brooksville, Florida. This was some time around 1760. They were also cattlemen.
The Seminole population in Florida remained fairly small, around 1200, By 1823 the native population had increased three or four fold by the newcomers. This population of about five thousand was thrown together and subjected to the fiercest of all the wars.
For the next sixty years the small population of Seminoles would live on the fringes of society. They made livings as hunters, guides and sometimes, curiosities for the tourists.
The reservation question divided the Florida native peoples into two camps. One group would become known as the Miccosukee Tribe of Seminole Indians of Florida. The area provided a safe haven for people who held traditional views.
The second group took the offer of the reservation lands and began a new way to sustain the Seminole culture. They used the reservations as preservation areas in which to maintain the customs, language and self government of the Tribe.
Today the Seminole casinos support a growing infrastructure for the Seminole community’s health and welfare, public safety, education and other services. The economic stability provided by gaming, combined with the cattle, citrus, and other business enterprises, has made the Seminole Tribe of Florida one of the most successful native business peoples in the United States today.
They employ more than 7,000 employees in their casinos, hotels and other enterprises and purchase more than $130.3 million in good and services yearly.
Everglades City and Chokolokee Island
By 1923 Barron Collier and David Graham Copeland had accomplished an amazing number of projects. They completed the Tamiami Trail, built a road and railway to Immokaleee and established a modern city. Florida Everglades City,(Above Established in 1906, the Smallwood Store & Trading Post served the area with a place to trade hides, furs, and farm produce; handle mail and to sell needed goods to the settlers. ) was a company town through and through. Except for the fish houses, the buildings were owned by Collier companies and most people living here were employed by Collier or the county.
In the 1950's the Collier heirs started to sell their interest in the area and Florida Everglades City was incorporated in 1953. The county seat moved to Naples in 1962.
Yep, that's me, Bill" and my photographer is "Pedro" taken the pictures. You might recognize him if you visited Fishing - Naples Pier where I was the photographer and he was the subject. His caption is
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