The roadside sign, erected by one or another of the federal relief agencies of those Depression years, stated that the nearby ruins were the remains of the Spanish mission of San Antonio de Anacape, one of several built in the seventeenth century along the east coast of Florida. There was no reason that I, a mere high school student, should doubt that authority, and I pushed my way through the tangled undergrowth of the hammock until at last I located a large circular stone well. There was not much light, but I made a vain attempt to record the structure with my Jiffy Kodak, ignoring the mosquitoes which gathered on my hands with their tails directed sharply upward. That was in the late summer of 1935, and I spent much of the ensuing fall abed with malaria and resulting complications.
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