"A fact-packed journey through this fascinating peninsula from early settlements to the present day. . . . This is a factual book, but it is not dry reading. The writing is crisp and entertaining, and there are some wonderful old photographs."
"This highly readable history of Florida concentrates on the transformation of a swamp wilderness into the fourth largest state in the nation. Derr is deft at describing the natural riches of the state but he is equally skilled at characterizing the developers, cowboys, spongers, railroad magnates and other colorful characters who helped turn Florida into what it is today." -- Tampa Times-Tribune
"Could serve as a basic text for anyone unfamiliar with Florida's history. . . . A well-written, captivating account.-- Environmental History