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Author Barbara Malta
As a Victorian re-enactor for nearly 20 years, Barbara Ann Malta was asked to portray Betty Collier. She was given her birth and death dates and access to William Thomas Collier's diary. From diary entries, research about and general knowledge of Victorian women, Barbara gave Betty her voice in the form of this historic narrative, based on events in her life and in the lives of pioneer women
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Who was Betty Collier? Who were the first pioneers to settle on Marco Island? In 1870 the Colliers settled on Marco Island. Follow the journey of William and Betty Collier from North Carolina to Cedar Key, Florida and on to Marco Island. The reason they settled on a deserted island may become clear. Mr. Thorpe, a surveyor described the island and Henderson Creek area as "a pond full of monstrous alligators surrounded by a cypress swamp: impractical."