Florida has a rich history, in both nature and society. The moment the Spanish set foot on the peninsula, Florida would be forever changed. The Crescent J. Ranch represents the Frontier lifestyle that was shared by early settlers of Florida. The Cracker Cattle and Horses that inhabit the Crescent J. Ranch pay homage to the industry that enabled frontiersmen and women to forge a living out of the swamplands centuries before Walt Disney.
These settlers changed the landscape to enable us to live here today. It is extremely important to teach this because it shows that no matter what you do you will have an impact on the land. The juxtaposition of the Ranch and the Conservancy prove that humans and nature need not always be at odds. Rather, that respecting the environments you inhabit can make a huge impact on the health of every ecosystem that surrounds you.
“When we change the land – we lose something of value and that’s what we want people to know.” Margaret Broussard