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Florida]: [La Belle Park Land Company]
THE KINGDOM OF THE ROSE AND THE PALM. LA BELLE PARK LAND COMPANY, DETROIT, MICH. [wrapper title]
Detroit, Mich, 1911. 47,[1]pp. including double-page map. Tall octavo. Original color pictorial wrappers. Some wear and soiling to wrappers. A number of discrete archival tape repairs throughout, old creases to corners. Good. Rare comprehensive and extensively- illustrated promotional booklet from this Michigan-based land investment company offering swampland in southern Florida. Nestled next to Lake Okeechobee, bisected by the proposed route of the Atlantic Okeechobee & Gulf Railroad, and with the recent completion of a deep water channel for the harbor at Fort Myers, the La Belle Park Land Tract offered unparalleled opportunities for the prospective citrus farmer and settler. The booklet provides numerous statistics comparing Florida with other states, including rainfall and overall climate, crop yields, and market rates for a wide range of fruits, vegetables, and grains. There are also quotations from state and local officials about the state's development rates. They even provide data demonstrating the low death rate in Florida: "The registration areas of the United States, including the New England states, New York.has a death rate of 17.8 per thousand.The death rate in De Soto County is only 2.4" (p.38). The promoters attempt to spin southern Florida's less-avoidable features, such as a very flat landscape: "Not a Hill to Impede to View," "As Far as the Eye Can See and Not a Stump in Sight" (pp.22-3), but then strain credulity as they quote J.B. Dignam who claims, "Of gnats, fleas, spiders, sand flies and house flies I did not see a sign.Of mosquitoes I did not get a … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]
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