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A History of the Alligator: Florida's Favorite Reptile

A History of the Alligator: Florida’s Favorite Reptile

Donald D. Spencer

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Alligators have intrigued Florida’s explorers, tourists, photographers, and residents for more than 500 years and become symbols, mascots, pets, medicine, handbags, food, luggage, souvenirs, and attractions. The sport of Alligator hunting and wrestling are explored, along with popular Alligator Farms in Orlando, Palm Beach, St. Augustine, Tampa, and St. Petersburg. See for yourself why Alligators have remained popular draw among Florida’s tourists, historians, and residents alike.Author Donald D. Spencer, a noted Florida historian, tells the Alligator’s story through more than 270 vintage postcards, including the alligator’s criminal record as he documents alligator attacks throughout the state’s history. Featuring Alligator Border cards and, with approximate costs of all the postcards shown, postcard collectors worldwide will find this a valuable resource.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 271 color images | Index, Price Guide | 144 pp
ISBN13: 9780764330834 | Binding: soft cover


Donald D. Spencer has authored many books about Florida’s history, cities, and attractions. He lives in Ormond Beach, Florida.