What became of the Everglades of the North? Before there was farmland, there were untamed wetlands. One of the largest in North America was the Grand Kankakee Marsh, which saturated nearly a million acres in Northern Indiana and part of Illinois. It was home to some of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the planet. The French claimed it as part of "New France," and it was later dubbed "Chicago's Food Pantry" for it's seemingly endless supply of fur, fowl and fin. For centuries, the marsh gave and man took. Today, only a fraction of this wetland survives, but all is not lost. EVERGLADES OF THE NORTH: THE STORY OF THE GRAND KANKAKEE MARSH reveals the diverse ecology, illustrates the astonishing history, and explores the controversial saga of the Grand Kankakee Marsh by examining how people have used and perceived this wetland for more than 10,000 years.
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