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Fort Myers in Lee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Plants and Progress

 
 
People and Plants Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 9, 2015
1. People and Plants Marker
Inscription. It is hard to imagine now, but when the earliest settlers arrived on the Mound the surrounding habitat was very different. Native plants dominated the landscape. Years would pass before the Estero Island settlers could profit from agriculture pursuits.

A Case of Fruit From the Case Grove
By the early 1900s, settlers were raising tropical fruit crops with some success. The coastal hammock, or hardwood tree grove, west of the mound was converted into orchards and fields. This is where William and Milia Case raised figs, bananas, grapefruits, mangos, papayas, tomatoes, and limes. They likely sold their fruits to local markets.

Fort Myers Cash Crop
Farming was a predominant industry on the island as well as on the mainland. Many farmers experimented by growing a wide variety of produce including grapes, oranges, avocados, grapefruits, pineapples, sapodillas, coconuts, and peaches. Eventually grapefruit emerged as the leading cash crop in the Fort Myers area. By 1915, statewide citrus production reached 10 million boxes a year.

Walk Through the Garden of History
A you walk along the paths of the Mound House site, look for a variety of tropical fruit trees. While the Case family planted similar botanicals, these are newly planted to show the diversity of the crops grown
Mound House landscape, 1906. When the early settlers arrived in the 1880s image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 9, 2015
2. Mound House landscape, 1906. When the early settlers arrived in the 1880s
native grasses, shrubs and the notable strangler fig dominated the landscape.
on the setter’s properties over the past 100 years.
 
Erected by Department of State, Division of Historical Resource.
 
Location. 26° 26.749′ N, 81° 55.666′ W. Marker is in Fort Myers, Florida, in Lee County. Marker can be reached from Connecticut Street east of Shell Mound Boulevard, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 451 Connecticut St, Fort Myers Beach FL 33931, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. People and Plants (here, next to this marker); Nature's Landlord (approx. 5.4 miles away); Sanibel Lighthouse (approx. 5.4 miles away); The Beach is a wild place (approx. 5.4 miles away); Molluscan Reproduction and Egg Case (approx. 5.4 miles away); Sanibel & Everglades Restoration (approx. 5.4 miles away); Sea Turtles on Sanibel (approx. 5.4 miles away); Mollusks and the Environment (approx. 5.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  The Mound House. (Submitted on November 30, 2015.)
 
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
The Case grove looking from Connecticut Street through image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 9, 2015
3. The Case grove looking from Connecticut Street through
the orchard; fig trees are seen on the right and bananas on the left.
Grapefruit tree by the barn on the shell mound that image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 9, 2015
4. Grapefruit tree by the barn on the shell mound that
produced 87 grapefruit, ca 1915.
The Mound House image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 9, 2015
5. The Mound House
Plants and Progress image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 9, 2015
6. Plants and Progress
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 26, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 140 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 26, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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