Amelia Island: Birthplace of the Modern Shrimping Industry

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Amelia Island: Birthplace of the Modern Shrimping Industry, tells the story of how a small barrier island community in Northeast Florida left its mark on a worldwide industry. At the beginning of the twentieth century, an assortment of upstart dreamers and pioneers living on Amelia Island made a series of innovations that would revolutionize commercial shrimping. Master fishermen, net makers, and boat builders from different parts of the world gravitated to the island, and this infusion of people from diverse backgrounds and cultures created a truly unique community. Shrimping and its symbiotic industries brought economic stability to an area in desperate need of direction, and the colorful characters that came along with the tide have become part of the island's identity: past, present, and future. History is alive, and so are the people who make it.
ISBN: 9781634990059
Format: Paperback
Publisher: America Through Time
State: Florida
Series: America Through Time
Images: 44
Pages: 120
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Gray Edenfield was born and raised in Fernandina Beach, Florida. He attended Florida State University, where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a minor in History. After completing his education, Gray returned to his hometown and immersed himself in Fernandina's rich art and music scene. Since 2012, Gray has been the Education Director at the Amelia Island Museum of History. The Museum, located in Fernandina Beach's Historic District, preserves, protects, and promotes the unique history of Amelia Island and its surrounding area for a diverse community of residents, researchers, and visitors.
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