Friday, July 1, 2011

Florida Everglades

The Alligator is a native of the Florida Everglades.  For some time its skin has been fashionably used in the manufacture of bags, shoes, etc, and with this increasing use they had been hunted until they were almost extinct.  To remedy this situation and supply the demand, several thriving Alligator farms are now in operation, where the breeding and care of alligators is the main industry.

Fur and hide trading is the chief source of income of the Seminole Indians in the deep Everglades.  Raccoons, Opossums and Otter are trapped and Alligators and Snakes shot for their hides.  Traders visit the villages periodically and scenes like the one pictured are enacted.

The Seminole Indians still use the primitve dug-out canoes in their contacts with other villages in the vast Everglades area.  The waterway illustrated parallels the Tamiami Trail and offers a striking contrast between old and new methods of transportation.

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