The Legacy of the Florida Pioneer "Cow Hunters": In Their Own Words

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iUniverse, Apr 26, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 196 pages

The Florida pioneer cow hunters gave birth to the cattle industry. Florida, discovered by Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon in the 1500s, left behind cattle that roamed the peninsula hundreds of years. In the 1800s, new settlers gathered-up the scrub cattle and bred them with their herds.

As cracker whips snapped, cow hunters rounded-up their herds and drove them by the thousands to coastal markets on the old cracker trails. It was a dangerous passage.

The legendary cow hunters are todays ranchers. This book is about the past and the future of ranching in Florida as a new generation takes over the reins with some heirs choosing another profession and selling the family ranch.

I hope the reader will reflect upon the valuable lessons these ranchers reveal about history and survival.


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Nancy Dale, PhD. is a native Miamian and author of three Florida pioneer “cow hunter” books: Wild Florida The Way It Was As Told by the Florida Pioneer “Cow Hunters” Who Lived It; Would Do, Could Do and Made Do: Florida’s Pioneer “Cow Hunters” Who Tamed the Last Frontier; Where the Swallowtail Kite Soars: The Legacies of Glades County, Florida and the Vanishing Wilderness.

Dr. Dale writes these books to preserve the cultural heritage of Florida’s founding forefathers: The pioneer “cow hunters.” She teaches Communications at South Florida Community College and Edison State College. She is a certified Yoga teacher, a cyclist, and nurtures a Florida Friendly yard in Sebring, Florida. Visit:

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