What's in a Name?
We call it the Everglades...
When the early explorers first viewed the Everglades long ago, they saw large fields of grass.
So they began to call it the Ever-Glades:
Ever from the word forever & Glades which is an old English word that means a grassy open place.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas (journalist & writer) created another well known name for the Everglades, "the River of Grass." This name came from her famous book titled: Everglades: River of Grass.
What name would you come up with for the Everglades?
Each visitor has different expectations of the Everglades, which is why there are so many varying descriptions.
Regardless of what people called it, most would agree on three things:
How would you describe the Everglades?
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Did You Know?
In the 1800s John James Audubon noted that the sky was often darkened by the flocks of numerous birds above. Since the early 20th century, around 93% of the wading bird population has vanished. Much of the wildlife left in south Florida depends on Everglades National Park for a home.