Books about Florida's early and more recent history. These books are widely available from your local library and bookstores.
The Timucuan Chiefdoms of Spanish Florida: Resistance and Destruction, Vol. 1 & 2. John E. Worth, Jerald T. Milanich (Foreword), University Press of Florida, 1998.
The Calusa and Their Legacy: South Florida People and Their Environments. Darcie A. MacMahon, William H. Marquardt, University Press of Florida, 2004. "The color plates are spectacular...the liberal sprinkling of photos, drawings, and graphics make it a great gift..." - Sanibel Islander
Travels of William Bartram (unabridged edition of classic with 13 original illustrations). William Bartram, Mark Van Doren (Editor), Dover Publications, 1955. An inexpensive, illustrated edition of early classic on American geography, plants, Indians, wildlife, early settlers. Naturalist's poetic, lovely account of travels through Florida, Georgia, Carolinas from 1773 to 1778
Environmental History of Northeast Florida. James J. Miller, University Press of Florida, 1998. Fully illustrated with 25 photographs and 40 maps and written in an accessible style that synthesizes material usually accessible only to specialists, the book will appeal to general readers and policy planners as well as experts.
History of Florida Forests: Florida's Perpetual Forests. Baynard Kendrick, Barry Walsh, University Press of Florida, 2007. Florida historian Baynard Kendrick offers first-person accounts by the people who explored, logged, reforested, and managed Florida's forests. His chapters feature correspondence from conquistadors as well as memoirs by early settlers, loggers, and mill operators whose work triggered a forest conservation movement in the 1920s. Barry Walsh has picked up where Kendrick left off, making this the first book to fully document Florida's forest history through the modern day.
Swamp Song: A Natural History of Florida's Swamps. Ron Larson, University Press of Florida, 1995. Larson's book is a celebration of the swamps of Florida. He briefly covers their classification and origin, their distribution throughout the state, and how to experience them firsthand.
The Tropic of Cracker. Al Burt (The Florida History and Culture Series) and Season of Real Florida. Jeff Klinkenberg, University Press of Florida, 1999.
Tales of Old Florida. Frank Oppel (editor) with drawings, photographs and engravings. Book Sales, 1991. A collection of newspaper articles about the state of Florida from the turn of the last century.
A Land Remembered. Patrick Smith, Pineapple Press, 1996. Patrick Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons.