When Were Airboats Created?

Airboats in the Everglades did not exist until after the late 1930s. The area that now lies between Fort Lauderdale and Naples including the National Park was considered an undesirable area.  The residents of South Florida and the first tycoons planned to develop the Everglades and commercialize it. Little did they know the most important factor of this Ecosystem was the water. This is what started the push for Its preservation, but that is another story. The first so-called airboat built outside of the United States was built by Alexander graham bell in 1905 in Canada it was called the ugly duckling. There is still debate today that Glen Curtis built the first actual airboat built for the swamps of Florida.

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