Sebastian and Roseland, Florida, are not your typical little Florida towns.
Their tale is fascinating and unique, as are the physical features that made them famous. It includes the native Ais population, the Spanish incursions, Jonathan Dickinson's saga, the 1715 Plate Fleet disaster, smugglers, deserters, Seminole Wars, cattle rustlers, steamboats, trade boats, Flagler, President Roosevelt and Pelican Island, mosquitoes, and the tough, hardy pioneering spirits that brought this stretch of the Indian River to life.
From the 1400s through the 1920s, this area's history is explored, providing insight into how and why it succeeded and prospered. Settlers, naturalists, photographers, adventurers, and tourists came from around the world, adding to the varied and sometimes surprising historical incidents.
They overcame the difficulties of travel and access to the area, drawn by promotion of the abundant wildlife, fertile and healthful environment, cheap land, space, and freedom. This work delves into the history and formation of this little corner of Florida.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Ellen E. Stanley is originally from New York but Florida has been home since the 1960s. She has lived in Miami, DeLand, Naples, Tampa, and now in Sebastian, Florida. She has earned BA, MEd, and MLS degrees, and has had a varied career. Since retiring, she has been a volunteer at the Sebastian Area Historical Museum, and is an officer on the Board of Directors for the Sebastian Area Historical Society, Inc. Ellen has been researching and writing, both technical writing and for pleasure, for most of her adult life. She has had several articles and books published. Arcadia published Indian River County, a photograph book, in 2010, and she chaired the publication of a postcard book, Indian River County, in 2007, also by Arcadia. Genealogy and more history works are planned.