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    James William Gambier (Author)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II The Soil And Its Capabilities. The area of the State of Florida is 58,680 square miles, of which no less than 4,440 square miles are represented by rivers and lakes and navigable streams. Of the balance, namely, 54,240 square miles, the Florida Land and Mortgage Company owns 3,600 square miles, and the State of Florida and other minor Companies and private individuals what is left. There are, however, no large blocks left now worth selecting, though, of course, there are many private sales continually occurring. The soil in the greater portion of the State is sandy, except in the hill lands and hammocks, where large portions of clay and alluvium are found. The sand is not the sharp, siliceous sand of the ocean, or resembling the sandy lands of other States: this soil has more or less of loam and a large percentage of lime and organic remains, giving it much fertility. The country is well watered, not only by its larger and smaller rivers and lakes, but by innumerable creeks and springs. Pine lands (pitch and yellow pine) form the basis of Florida. These lands are usually divided into three classes, denoting first, second, and third rate pine lands. That which is denominated 'first-rate pine land' in Florida has nothing similar to it in any of the other States. Its surface is covered for several inches deep with a dark vegetable mould, beneath which, to the depth of several feet, is a chocolate-coloured sandy loam, mixed for the most part with limestone pebbles, and resting upon a substratum of marl, clay, or limestone rock. The fertility and durability of this description of land may be estimated from the wellknown fact, that it has in several districts yielded during fourteen years of successive cultivation, without the aid of manure, 400 lbs....
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