The History of Water in Florida

Florida is defined by water. The Atlantic Ocean wraps around the peninsula, forming the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Straits. The Florida Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States and provides important habitat for rare and endangered species such as the manatee, the American crocodile and the Florida panther.

Florida’s interior holds numerous rivers, springs and lakes. Crystal blue springs provide the backdrop for the mermaids of Weeki Wachee, the anaconda-wrestling antics of herpetologist Ross Allen and the cinematography of Creature From the Black Lagoon.

Each primary source set is accompanied by a teacher’s guide containing historical context, teaching suggestions, and relevant NGSS and Florida Standards.