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The first "highway" through the once wild interior of Florida, the St. Johns may appear ordinary, but within its banks are some of the most fascinating natural phenomena and historic mysteries in the state. The river, no longer the commercial resource it once was, is now largely ignored by Florida's residents and visitors alike. In the first contemporary book about this American Heritage River, Bill Belleville describes his journey down the length of the St. Johns, kayaking, boating, hiking its riverbanks, diving its springs, and exploring its underwater caves.
He rediscovers the natural Florida and establishes his connection with a place once loved for its untamed beauty. Belleville involves scientists, environmentalists, fishermen, cave divers, and folk historians in his journey, soliciting their companionship and their expertise. River of Lakes weaves together the biological, cultural, anthropological, archaeological, and ecological aspects of the St. Johns, capturing the essence of its remarkable history and intrinsic value as a natural wonder.
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Rating details. More filters. Johns, a county bordering the lower river. For those who would promote such travel, it seemed almost impossible to describe the St. Johns without using the word "salubrious. When the climate of Florida became more moist and the flow of the St. Johns became more sure after the end of the last Ice Age, pre-Columbians begin to settle along its shores. The certainly of this river and its bounty helped these people become less nomadic, more given to geographic commitments.
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They had time now to invent pottery and myth, time to interpret the nature that sustained them. The culture that arose was as complex and organized as that of any North American tribe, with ceremonial centers, pyramidal temple mounds, plazas and playing fields for a sort of ball game—a contest simmering with religion and allegory. Of the dozen or so tribes that flourished here at the time the Spanish "discovered" La Florida, those known as the Timucua lived along the shores of the St.
Johns, worshipping the sun and the stars, imbuing the eagle and rattlesnake with mystical powers, and using wild herbs to fire the magic that created a successful hunt, a victory in battle, an everlasting love. It was LeMoyne who first captured these Indians at work and play in the valley of the late 16th century, rendering indelible likeness of them in 41 finely-detailed drawings. Theodore de Bry's engravings of LeMoyne's art were published in England in , giving the world its first glimpse of the people of the St.
Although they were only here a short time, the French related to the Timucua in an intimate way, telling us more about them in three years than the Spanish could in two centuries. Before the Timucua, there was a succession of even earlier peoples, stretching all the way back to the Paleo-Indians who briefly shared the river valley with huge Pleistocene mega-fauna like the mastodon, bison, saber toothed cat, and the glyptodont, an armadillo-like animal the size of a Barcolounger.
After the Timucua were enslaved, diseased and driven away by the Spanish, Creeks from Georgia and Alabama migrated down, often living atop the same middens and village sites the Timucua and others had created. Adapting to their new riverine environment, often accepting escaped slaves into their villages, the Creeks became known to the Spanish as cimmarones, "wild ones" or "runaways.
The river fed them all, man and beast, bringing them to life on the banks of its channels, lakes and springs, and then—just as quickly— turning them into detritus upon which the ever-changing, water-rich system would continue to grow and reform itself. From the Seminoles came a version of a word first used to describe the St. Johns, Welaka, —a corruption of Ylacco. Note: Citations are based on reference standards. However, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study.
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