The Everglades are a complex ecosystem, and over the past 125 years humans have tinkered with the operations of this area in ways that have had far-reaching effects. This remarkable digital archive brings together sixteen different collections held by the special collections of the University of Miami, Florida International University, and the Historical Museum of Southern Florida. Taken as a whole, these collections explore the role of the federal government in the creation of the Everglades National Park, the growth and development of the modern conservation movement, and the treatment of Native Americans. A good place to start on the site is the interpretive essay, and then move on over to the timeline area, which covers the pre-Columbian period to the present day. After that, visitors can move on to looking through each of the individual collections, which contain original documents, photographs, historical maps, and other pieces of ephemera. Finally, there's a "Research Assistance" area for visitors who have more questions about how to locate items throughout these collections.
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