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Travel | Touring Louisiana plantations

By Debi Lander
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Before the Civil War, cotton was king and sugar reigned as “white gold.” The South’s economy depended on their production. Wealthy barons established large plantations where slaves worked the fields.

Travel | The Terracotta Warriors Unearthed

By Debi Lander
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In 1974, two peasant farmers digging a well in their field discovered one of the top ten archeological sites of all time. The remarkable story has fascinated me for over 40 years, and I recently went to Xi’an, China to see the Army of Terracotta Warriors for myself.

Travel | The new U.S. Civil Rights Trail and Mississippi Museum

By Debi Lander
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On July 4, Americans celebrate our country’s independence. While the 13 colonies broke free in 1776, individual freedoms have come more slowly, with the struggle for Civil Rights continuing to this day.

Travel | Aiken, S.C.: History, Horses and Music

By Debi Lander
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In the late 19th century, the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Carnegies, Pulitzers, Morgans, and Astors epitomized America’s “Gilded Age.” These Captains of Industry financed the industrial age and established many non-profit organizations. The millionaires frequently gathered to party in mansions they built in prime areas along the coast — sprinkling luxuriant estates in Newport, R.I., “camps” in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, grand railroad resort hotels up and down the East Coast, a secretive compound in Jekyll Island, Ga., and a winter colony in Aiken, S.C.

Travel | Butterfly Rainforest in Gainesville

By Debi Lander
mail@floridanewsline.com

Recently, two of my grandchildren visited and we headed to the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. The museum includes an awe-inspiring Butterfly Rainforest filled with numerous species of free-flying butterflies. A serpentine trail through the aviary passes cascading waterfalls and small bridges over pools with fish and turtles.