Jack Hill

Location of Interview
Collection Name

Changes in the Florida Keys Marine Ecosystem Based Upon Interviews with Experienced Residents


"Changes in the Florida Keys Marine Ecosystem Based Upon Interviews with Experienced Residents" is a  collection by Karen DeMaria of Summerland Key, FL completed in April 1996. Funded by the Nature Conservancy and the Center for Marine Conservation, the project sought to describe through oral history interviews, environmental changes in the Florida Keys marine ecosystem. 


National Capital Contracting 

Biographical Sketch

Narrator Jack Hill, of Key Largo, Florida, was the owner of a fish house and a former commercial fisherman at the time of the interview. Hill's formative years were spent mastering the craft of fishing, a skill passed down through generations. As he matured, he expanded his expertise beyond the immediate scope of fishing to encompass a broader understanding of market dynamics and trade.

Scope and Content Note
The interview with Jack Hill provides a glimpse into the life and career of a seasoned fisherman and trader.  The discussion also delves into the operational aspects of trade, such as driving. The interview alludes to the commercial activities of buying and selling.  The interview, despite its auditory limitations, provides insights into the economic and cultural practices of the time, as well as the personal history of Jack Hill.

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