23 January 2006

FLORIDA -- That Was Then....

After all, Florida is certainly the poorest country that ever two people quarreled for, an Army surgeon declared in his journal. He wrote of torrid realms of more than burning day—sad haunts of death and putrid air—a most hideous region to live in; a perfect paradise for Indians, alligators, serpents, frogs, and every other kind of loathsome reptile….then why not in the name of common sense let the Indians have kept it? [ Indian Wars of the U.S. Army (1776-1865) by Fairfax Downey, 1964]

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