Historical Reprints History Seminole Indians of Florida

Seminole Indians of Florida

Seminole Indians of Florida
Catalog # SKU3335
Publisher TGS Publishing
Weight 1.00 lbs
Author Name Clay MacCauley
ISBN 10: 1610336690
ISBN 13: 9781610336697


Indians of Florida

Clay MacCauley

Southern Florida, the region to which most of the Seminole have been driven by the advances of civilization, is, taken all in all, unlike any other part of our country. In climate it is subtropical; in character of soil it shows a contrast of comparative barrenness and abounding fertility; and in topography it is a plain, with hardly any perceptible natural elevations or depressions.

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There were in Florida, October 1, 1880, of the Indians commonly known as Seminole, two hundred and eight. They constituted thirty-seven families, living in twenty-two camps, which were gathered into five widely separated groups or settlements. These settlements, from the most prominent natural features connected with them, I have named,

(1) The Big Cypress Swamp settlement;
(2) Miami River settlement;
(3) Fish Eating Creek settlement;
(4) Cow Creek settlement; and
(5) Cat Fish Lake settlement.

Their locations are, severally: The first, in Monroe County, in what is called the "Devil's Garden," on the northwestern edge of the Big Cypress Swamp, from fifteen to twenty miles southwest of Lake Okeechobee; the second, in Dade County, on the Little Miami River, not far from Biscayne Bay, and about ten miles north of the site of what was, during the great Seminole war, Fort Dallas; the third, in Manatee County, on a creek which empties from the west into Lake Okeechobee, probably five miles from its mouth; the fourth, in Brevard County, on a stream running southward, at a point about fifteen miles northeast of the entrance of the Kissimmee River into Lake Okeechobee; and the fifth, on a small lake in Polk County, lying nearly midway between lakes Pierce and Rosalie, towards the headwaters of the Kissimmee River. The settlements are from forty to seventy miles apart, in an otherwise almost uninhabited region, which is in area about sixty by one hundred and eighty miles. The camps of which each settlement is composed lie at distances from one another varying from a half mile to two or more miles.

84 pages - 8½ x 11softcover
ISBN-10: 1610336690
ISBN-13: 9781610336697

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