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Blue Springs: A Bit of Inspiration for a British Poet

William Bartram, an American 18th-century naturalist and explorer, wrote a book titled Travels detailing the plants and landscape he encountered during his time exploring Florida in the 1770’s.  Samuel Taylor Coleridge was a British poet who used Bartram’s Travels for inspiration when writing his poem Kubla Khan.  Many experts believe that Bartram’s description of Blue Spring, near Orange City, was the description used by Coleridge in his poem.  This newspaper article from 1969 compares the descriptions in both pieces of writing.

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Park's People Up, Manatees Down
"Despite a recent $250,00 ecological facelifting, the Blue Springs State Park is still losing its oldest customer, the manatee." Newspaper article abo...
Manatees Migrating to Blue Spring Park
"Florida's most exclusive winter visitors -  the lumbering, lovable manatees - have been returning to Blue Spring State Park in recent weeks." Ne...
Blue Springs: A Bit of Inspiration for a British Poet
First part of the newspaper article about William Bartram's nature book Travels, and how it inspired British poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Blue Springs: A Bit of Inspiration for a British Poet
Second piece of the newspaper article about William Bartram's book Travels, and how it inspired British poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Blue Springs: A Bit of Inspiration for a British Poet
Third piece of the newspaper article about William Bartram's book Travels, and how it inspired British poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
The Bartram Trail
"Three great springs, flowing clear among cypress and holly, mark the Bartram Trail across the throat of Florida from the St. Johns...
The Bartram Trail
"Bartram was at the springs at the wrong time of year to see manatees but noted Indians were using them for oil,...
Front Cover of Blue Spring State Park Brochure
Brochure detailing Blue Spring State Park in Orange City, from 1984.
Back Cover of Blue Spring State Park Brochure
Brochure detailing Blue Spring State Park in Orange City, from 1984.
Inside of Blue Spring State Park Brochure
Brochure detailing Blue Spring State Park in Orange City, from 1984.
Map of Central Florida Springs
A color map of springs found in Central Florida, taken from The Springs of Florida by Doug Stamm, published in 1994.
Blue Spring - A Great Place to See Manatees
"During the winter months, this State Park is one of the best places in Florida to see manatees." Taken from Florida State and...
Springs from the Waters Along the Coast
Image taken from Florida: The Strange and the Curious by Lloyd Turner Nightingale, published in 1970.
Thursby House at Blue Spring
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Volusia Blue Spring
Location and description of Blue Spring, located in Orange City, Florida.  Springs of Florida: Florida Geological Survey Bulletin No. 66, from 20...
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