Cross Creek Setting & Symbolism

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Cross Creek

A location in Florida where Lochloosa Lake flows into Orange Lake, four miles west of the village of Island Grove, Cross Creek is described as a bend in the road. It is a place with fertile hammock, piney woods, palmettos, orange groves, creeks, orchards and water. It is a place of shabby homesteads, where "wanton orderliness" would be out of place. On one side of the Creek live the five white families and across the creek live two black families. People grow livestock of all kinds, and boars and snakes run wild.

Hammock

Hammock is the rich loamy humus created by the varied vegetation in Florida, which nourishes the orange groves. It is a result of live oak, palm, sweet gum, holly, ironwood, hickory and magnolia trees.

Prairies and Marshes

At Cross Creek, the thick, wet, flat areas overgrown with water grasses are called prairies. The...

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