Florida and the Gulf of Mexico: History, Wisdom, and Hope

Presented By Jack Davis

Drawing from his forthcoming book, Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, University of Florida history professor Jack E. Davis will talk about the role the Gulf of Mexico has played in the course of U.S. history. He is interested in the way people, from pre-Spanish natives to current shoreside residents, have organized their societies and individual lives around nature, and how Gulf nature has been a positive force in human events. Unfortunately, human activities have sometimes led to unintended consequences that have undermined the Gulf’s beneficence.

Dr. Jack E. Davis is a professor of environmental history and sustainable studies at the University of Florida. He is the author or editor of several books on Florida and is a frequent contributor to Forum. His latest book, An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century, won the gold medal in nonfiction from the Florida book awards. He is now writing Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, an environmental history of the U.S. Gulf region from geological formation to the present. The book builds on an article he wrote for Forum, which was the recipient of two Charlie Awards.

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