Historic Sanibel & Captiva Islands: Tales of Paradise

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The story of Sanibel and Captiva Islands stretches back over three centuries, to a time when Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon tried to subdue the Calusa Indians.  The next few centuries were flooded with pioneers, fishermen and clergymen in their quest to tame the wilderness in search of a better life. Discover how anthropologist Frank Cushing visited pioneer Sam Ellis in 1895 after the farmer discovered bones on his homestead and how President Theodore Roosevelt's men saved a little girl from drowning when he lived on a houseboat in Captiva to study local marine life. Join local history columnist Jeri Magg as she recounts the storied history of these little slices of paradise.
ISBN: 9781609493554
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Florida
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 44
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Jeri Magg has been freelancing for over twenty years, writing for regional and local magazines and newspapers. She and her husband, Karl, moved from New York to Sanibel in 1980 with their two daughters, Carolyn and Kathy. An avid bike rider and beach addict, Jeri has volunteered at the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village for more than ten years and has authored numerous articles about the history of the islands. Now, after thirty years of listening to innumerable tales, many told by the original pioneers or their descendants, she's compiled these stories, along with a site map in this book, so others may enjoy the islands while learning their history.
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