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Discover the maritime and human history of Florida's 30 awe-inspiring lighthouses along the East Coast, through the Keys, and up the west coast to the Panhandle. Both modern color and historical black-and-white photographs, as well as postcards and diagrams, illustrate their role in the settlement of not only Florida, but all of America. Florida's shores have been witness to over five centuries of maritime history, including battles in the Revolutionary War, the Seminole Wars, the Civil War, and World War II. Diving into the lives of the keepers of these beacons, the Tuerses describe how the lighthouse keepers navigated not only these political conflicts, but nature's wrath, braving hurricanes and wild storms to keep the lights burning. This meticulously researched book covers the technical--such as the engineering behind the design of the towers and lenses--as well as the personal, including stories of widowed women balancing raising a family with tending the lighthouse.
About the Author
Rick, a formal coastal engineer, and Terri, a writer and artist, are lovers of the outdoors who have combined their talents of writing and photography to produce this book. Besides snorkeling, biking, and kayaking, they travel extensively photographing God's creation.