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Bob White Oranges mill, remains.
Deleon Springs, Florida.
25 June 2005.
Nikon D5700.

This is an example of what I call the “Nouvelle Archaic”. It applies differently in different states, but in Florida the Nouvelle Archaic are the not-too-distant remnants and remains of the past, quickly swallowed up in the Floridian foilage.

Florida’s Western history goes back to 1565 with the foundation of St. Augustine along the Atlantic coast. William Bartram’s writings give us a glimpse of Florida in the late 1700s. But for the most part, Floridian history is systematically torn down and rebuilt, sometimes by human causality, sometimes by natural forces.

In some regions, we are presented with a sense of natural history that isn’t really natural history at all. The presence of wild Spanish horses in Paynes Prairie (Alachua county), for example, is a historical nod – but, wild Spanish horses aren’t indigenous to Florida (obviously). So, it’s a manufactured history.

Interestingly, the most “natural” of historical remnants easily seen on a regular basis are those of the unnatural manufactured world: factories, buildings, mills, etc. The most charming, for me, are the factories and mills of the early- and mid-20th century. They weren’t abandoned too long ago, but already the foliage has reclaimed that land for its own purposes. The end result is that an abandoned orange mill from the 1950s feels much older and archaic than a currently-maintained Spanish fort originally built of coquina and shellstone in 1565. Thus, the New Archaic. The Nouvelle Archaic.

(In Alaska this works rather differently – - but I’ll save that for another post!)


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