American author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings described her adopted home in north-central Florida as "an enchanted land." Her love for her surroundings was evident in rich descriptions of the seasons, the forces of nature, and the lives of the people around her. Immediately upon arrival in 1928 at Cross Creek, a tiny hamlet about twenty miles southeast of Gainesville, Rawlings immersed herself in the local hunting and fishing culture. She came to understand and appreciate the lifestyle of the people of the nearby "Big Scrub" country, who depended on the land for their survival. Along with this understanding, Rawlings came to appreciate and sound a call for better stewardship of the environment on the part of its human inhabitants.
Turcotte, Florence M.
"For this is an Enchanted Land Margorie Kinnan Rawlings and the Florida Enviroment,"
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