Author: Everett Kelly
ISBN 1-58939-560-3 (softcover)
ISBN 1-58939561-1 (hardcover)
ISBN 1-58939-559-X (eBook)
This is the story of a nation of people who inhabited the southern third of Florida When Columbus first touched the shore of this new world. They earned their moment in the history of the world by their bitter encounter with the discoverer of Florida Juan Ponce de Leon.
They lived and loved and experienced joy and tragedy in their lives and their fiercely fought battles to maintain their independence and customs. The exciting and moving events of their moment in history are vividly portrayed for the world to see and experience just as if the reader were there.
This narrative humanizes these new world people whom the Spanish Conquistadors saw as infidels and pagans. Like us, they loved each other and raised their families and enjoyed their leisure lives, in what was then their unspoiled paradise.
The reader will be stirred by the events vividly portrayed in this moving and graphically written book. Anyone who cares about their fellow man should not miss this wonderful story.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Everett Kelly was born in Alabama, but left his native state at the age of three to move to and be raised in Florida. He served in the United States Navy in world war two. After his military service, He earned a degree in Zoology from Florida State University and a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Florida. He was elected to The Florida House of Representatives in 1978 and served as the Speaker Pro- Tem for two of the twenty-two years he served in that body. After his distinguished service to Florida, he retired to his central Florida home in Lady Lake. Mr. Kelly wrote a weekly out door column for a New York Times paper for eleven years and hosted an outdoor television show.
He is an avid writer and outdoor enthusiast. He has been heavily involved in water conservation and restoration in Florida and is a devoted student of early Florida History.
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