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PAYNES PRAIRIE: A History of the Great Savanna.

Andersen, Lars.

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ISBN 10: 1561642258 / ISBN 13: 9781561642250
Published by Pineapple Press,, Sarasota, Fl:, 2001
Condition: VG Hardcover
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1st edition hardback. Cover/contents bright w/scant wear. Date in ink. Minor DJ wear (no tears) . ; Bookseller Inventory # 30597

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Title: PAYNES PRAIRIE: A History of the Great ...

Publisher: Pineapple Press,, Sarasota, Fl:

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:VG

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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The shallow-bowl basin south of Gainesville called Paynes Prairie is known to most Florida travelers only as the vast, low, open area they see from their car speeding north or south on I-75. Paynes Prairie’s huge basin was formed when a number of sinkholes formed close to each other and eventually merged. Located south of Gainesville, the Prairie played an important role in much of the early settlement and development of north central Florida. Had the Prairie not been there, Florida’s history would have been very different.

Generations of Indians—from Paleo-Indians to the Timucua and Seminoles—lived, hunted, won and lost wars, and died on Paynes Prairie. William Bartram, delighted and intrigued by the abundance of previously unrecorded animal and plant life, wrote of the tranquility and beauty of the area. Some of that beauty has been destroyed in the name of progress, as Paynes Prairie has been set upon by developers and those with plans to “improve” what nature made perfect.

In this well-researched, detailed book, author Lars Andersen concludes that although the Prairie will never return to its unspoiled state, there is reason to hope that Floridians can undo some of the damage their predecessors left now that the Prairie is a nature sanctuary.

About the Author:

Lars Andersen's lifelong love of outdoor exploration began with his childhood forays into the remotest reaches of Paynes Prairie. Thanks to a patient mother, who drove him out in the morning and picked him up at sunset carrying a sack full of the day's finds (usually snakes), he developed the passion for and intimate knowledge of Paynes Prairie that resulted in Paynes Prairie: The Great Savanna: A History and Guide. Today he guides nature and history tours of nearly 30 north Florida natural areas for Adventure Outpost in High Springs, Florida. His favorite trip is still the Paynes Prairie History Hike.

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