Tourists gawk at alligators at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm: St. Augustine, Florida (1972)

Tourists gawk at alligators at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm: St. Augustine, Florida (1972)

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Alligators have always attracted tourists to the Sunshine State. The St. Augustine Alligator Farm opened for business in 1893.

Two men and two women posing with a concrete alligator (1950s)

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Alligator climbing stairway to sliding board in an alligator farm: St. Augustine, Florida (1948)

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Alligator show at St. Augustine Alligator Farm: St. Augustine (1980)

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Alligator feeding show: Homosassa Springs, Florida (1970s)

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Entrance to Gatorland Zoo: Orlando, Florida (19--)

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Alligator exhibit at Everglades Wonder Gardens: Bonita Springs, (1975)

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Texas Jim Mitchell and O.F. Vischer with alligator at Sarasota Reptile Farm: Sarasota, Florida (1948)

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Tropical park: Daytona Beach, Florida (1937)

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Visitors at the Tampa Alligator Farm: Tampa, Florida (1917)

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The queen at the Florida Alligator Farm: Jacksonville, Florida (1913?)

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The alligator farm: Clearwater, Florida (19--)

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Postmarked December 22, 1947.

A hungry alligator at Tropical Hobbyland: Miami, Florida (19--?)

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Entrance to Okalee Indian Village and Craft Center: West Hollywood, Florida (1967)

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Seminole alligator wrestling at Aquaglades: Dania, Florida (1950s)

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While relations between Seminoles and Gators pre-date the college football teams, the wrestling of alligators by Seminole people dates to the Twentieth Century. Created to satisfy the preconceptions of tourists, this was a tradition invented at tourist attractions in South Florida. For more history, listen to this podcast with alligator wrestler Richard Bowers.

Indian boy wrestling alligator at Musa Isle Indian village: Miami, Florida (19--)

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Alligator wrestling at St. Augustine Alligator Farm: St. Augustine, Florida (19--)

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"Alligator" boat: Wakulla Springs, Florida (1941)

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