A History of the Pioneers: The Florida Keys Volume 1 by John Viele (Paperback / softback, 2011)
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- DescriptionToday, 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 -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 vel, these true-life inhabitants of the Florida Keys will capture your admiration as you share in the dreams and realities of their daily lives. Includes Don Diego, a Spanish-speaking native who led in shipwreck plundering in the early 18th century; Jacob Housman, an unscrupulous wrecking captain who amassed a fortune and lost it when Indians burned his town to the ground; Dr. Perrine, a scientist who was killed by Indians; the African Americans who made charcoal for the stoves of Key West; the indomitable Lily Bow, who eked out a living on remote Cudjoe Key.
- Author BiographyJohn Viele is a retired naval officer and a former submarine commander now living on Cudjoe Key. A lifelong interest in history and a deep love for the Florida Keys led him to research and write Keys history stories for local newspapers and magazines. He is the author of the other two volumes in the Florida Keys series, True Stories of the Perilous Straits and The Wreckers, also published by Pineapple Press.
- Author(s)John Viele
- PublisherPineapple Press
- Date of Publication01/05/2011
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleFlorida Keys (Paperback)
- Series Part/Volume Number01
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPineapple Press
- Weight249 g
- Width150 mm
- Height226 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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