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Tracing Florida Journeys: Explorers, Travelers, and Landscapes Then and Now

April 6 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Leslie Kemp Poole

Join the Matheson History Museum on Saturday, April 6 as Dr. Poole shares from her latest book “Tracing Florida Journeys.” How has Florida’s land changed across five centuries? What has stayed the same, and what remains only in memory? In “Tracing Florida Journeys,” Leslie Poole delves into the stories of well-known explorers and travelers who came to the peninsula and wrote about their experiences, looking at their words and the paths they took from the perspective of today.

In these pages, John Muir and Harriet Beecher Stowe write about their visits to Florida, reflecting their expectations of a place that was touted to be “paradise.” John James Audubon finds riches of bird life in the Keys. Zora Neale Hurston travels to turpentine camps and sawmills documenting the stories and music of workers and residents. Jonathan Dickinson and Stephen Crane recount shipwrecks along a sparsely populated coastline. Members of Hernando de Soto’s violent 1539 expedition of conquest describe their struggles with dense swamps, forests, and rivers, and resistance from the Native people they exploited.

Highlighting the Florida that was and the Florida that exists now, Poole brings together historical research, interviews with experts, and her personal experiences to tell a revealing story of the state’s natural history.

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April 6
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Matheson History Museum
513 E University Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601 United States
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