Charlotte County, Florida: A History

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At the end of the Civil War, the area around Charlotte County was the southernmost frontier in the United States. Americans rushed south for the promise of cheap land in paradise. Albert W. Gilchrist peddled that dream with great fanfare, but his outsized legacy as a driver of the area’s growth comes with considerable baggage. As Charlotte County strives to reinvent itself once again, historian Ted Ehmann provides a historical lost-and-found where heroes fall from grace and new heroes are created. It’s an account that predates the arrival of the railroad by millennia, weaving its way from the Calusa kingdom to present day, stripping the remnants of myth created by early developers’ utopian promises.
ISBN: 9781467146500
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Florida
Series: Brief History
Images: 55
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Ted Ehmann was born in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1949. The grandson of the late noted landscape painter M. Frank Ehmann, he took to fine art at an early age. After suffering through schooling during the Cold War years, Ehmann went to the Philadelphia College of Art to study painting. He had his own graphic design and advertising firm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, until 1990. In 1990, while applying to the College of New Jersey to finish his Bachelors of Arts degree, Ehmann was offered a teaching position in the art department and was the only person to teach at the college while studying as an undergraduate. In those years as an undergraduate, he double-majored in art and history. He accepted a graduate assistantship at the College of New Jersey and earned his masters in teaching history in 1994. He continued to teach both the visuals arts and the histories until retiring to Florida in 2016. Currently, besides writing histories, Ehmann conducts historical research on the prehistoric moundbuilding cultures that were in south Florida from 800 BC to AD 1700. In 2018, he founded and is now the president of the Charlotte Harbor Anthropological Society. The following year, he cofounded the Charlotte County Florida Historical Society. His first book was published in 2020: The People of the Great Circle: Prehistoric Mound Builders in South Florida. He enjoys presenting his research and narratives to archaeological and history groups throughout southwest Florida, as well as teaching courses for Florida Gulf Coast University in Punta Gorda, Florida.
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