On the 8th day of Christmas, my true-love READ to me, of an EIGHT year old pioneer, SEVEN Honorable Floridians, SIX swans-a-swimming in Lake EOLA, FIVE GOLD STAR BOOK RATINGS, FOUR orphaned children, THREE historic pyramids; TWO rail depots, and a meeting beneath a COUNCIL OAK TREE.
Robert B. F. ROPER was eight years old in April, 1861, when he rode with his father to ORLANDO for the first time. The boy’s childhood memories, when matched to Orange County’s official documents, provide intriguing clues to learning of the earliest days of the remote four acre Village of Orlando. His recollections also opens doors to discovering secrets of a vast central Florida wilderness. CitrusLAND: Curse of Florida’s Paradise, like each and every Cronin book, tells of real-life people struggling against difficult true-life events. Challenges pioneers faced were often the challenge of their life, challenges that all too often cost them their life. Some believed central Florida was cursed (hence, the Seminole County, FL photo on the cover!).
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