This 1970 photo shows three of the features that would become emblematic of contemporary Florida: the decentralized suburban sprawl of Port St. Lucie at the top of the image, the canalization of a small natural river into the flood control and irrigation C-24 canal, and a prominent golf course (on the right side of the image) (University of Florida, “Aerial Photographs of St. Lucie County—Flight 2MM [1970],” Map and Imagery Library, Gainesville).

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