Contributors Al Burt, Archie Carr, Susan Cerulean, (editor) Charles Fergus, Jan Godown, Paul N. Gray, Juanita Greene & others participate in the publishers' World as Home series, dedicated to exploring our relationship to the natural world.
The Book of the Everglades takes readers by the hand into a landscape hard for most people to appreciate, which has brought this ecosystem to the edge of extinction.
In Jan's chapter, This Path Don't Lead to Miami: Everglades Treks of the 1800s, (p. 107-120) readers begin with a visit to Seminole Tribe of Florida leader Betty Mae Jumper. She explains that the modern office Tribal building where she is an editor was once under water, as part of the northern reaches of The Everglades, before the massive public works project to drain the ecosystem.
Then readers travel with: expeditioners from The New Orleans' Times-Democrat; with a military expedition; with an outdoorsman who seemed accepted by Seminole hunters; with four teenagers on a lark in a sloop; & with others. See bears roam through camp, approach the roosts of uncountable numbers of birds (none of them flamingoes) watch hapless expeditioners nearly die of dehydration, enjoy the hidden Seminoles watching the unintentional antics of the invading expeditioners. It's a hoot.