National Geographic : 1898 May
THE FLORIDA COAST LINE CANAL plains of palm trees in its neighborhood, the town itself being on the " Rio de Serra de Casa," some distance from its mouth. Santa Fe, which is the prominent place of resort for travelers, is of itself a miserable congregation of houses on the banks of the river of the same name, some distance from its mouth, and also some distance from the steamboat landing. This landing is a rough wooden wharf, from which carriages and stages ply to Santa F4. Immediately in the neighborhood of Santa Fe there are beautiful drives and walks some distance back, where the country is more rolling and even hilly. The climate of the Isle of Pines is delightful, the air is pure, dry, and balmy, and the winds coming from the sea, passing over pine forests, are gentle and invigorating. The inhabitants of the island are a very simple, kind-hearted set of people and very fond of a chat with strangers. They have a natural dignity of manner, a courteously hospitable way, as also a degree of freshness and innocence. For many years a large penal colony has been maintained on the island, consisting mostly of Cuban revolutionists. il ii llP g II W'lil,:;Ji l IIt l i 'I:IIlls __l__l___li!iv) lll(I'', tj. CAPE MAYCI, EASTERN POINT OF CUBA Lowest bench, elevated coral reef; Upper terraces, wave-cut cliffs NOTE.- The date of the landing of Antonio Maceo and the starting of the present revolution, given on page 222 as February 25, 1896, should be February 20, 1895. THE FLORIDA COAST LINE CANAL The Florida Coast Line canal, which has been under construc tion since 1889, is now completed from Mosquito inlet to Miami. Boats of five feet draught traverse semi-weekly the entire dis tance from Titusville, on the Indian river, through Lake Worth, to Palm Beach. Three short cuts complete the canal-two be tween Matanzas and Tomoka and one uniting North river with Pablo creek. Eventually the canal will connect the St John river with Biscayne bay, rendering possible an inland passage along the Atlantic coast from Long Island sound to Key West.