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Publisher : University Press of Florida
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ISBN : 0813017890
Author : Gloria Jahoda
"A beautifully written informal account of the Tampa Bay region."—Library Journal
"A colorful history of Tampa Bay, the Hillsborough River which flows into it, and the cities of Tampa
and St. Petersburg, together with their smaller satellite communities."— Publishers Weekly
From its idyllic source in the Green Swamp, the Hillsborough River winds past columns of cypress
and matted shrubs and opens into Tampa Bay, part of Florida’s urbanized, publicized western
Suncoast. The river is not a long one, but the size of its legend in contemporary America is far-
Many factors have made the area special: its natural history; its successive waves of immigrants; its
wars, booms, and depressions. The cigar industry, banana exporting, cattle raising, fishing, and
retirement have attracted many settlers in search of the "Golden Ibis." All too often the vision has
proved elusive, but for some, like Henry Plant and Doc Webb, the spectacular was possible. For
others, like the Seminoles, a way of life ended.
In a narrative that is as exciting to read as it is historically compelling, Gloria Jahoda traces the
Hillsborough River’s origin to prehistoric times, chronicles the arrivals of the conquistadores, the
missionaries, and the marauders greedy for civilizing and for treasure, and points out how 20th-
century ambitions threaten to destroy the environment as surely as earlier encroachment annihilated
Gloria Jahoda, who lived in Tallahassee, Florida, was the author of The Other Florida, The Road to
Samarkand, and the novels Annie and Delilah’s Mountain. She died in 1980. River of the Golden Ibis
was originally published in 1973.
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