Near Ocala in Marion County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Florida Seminole Nations History
Historic Florida Barge Canal Trail
Florida Seminole. After the Third Seminole War (1858), nearly 3,000 Indians were forcibly sent to the Oklahoma Territory. A small number of Seminoles continued to live in relative isolation in southern Florida into the 1900s. Flood control and drainage projects in the late 1800s opened up more land for development and significantly altered the natural environment, leaving former swamps dry and arable enough for limited farming.
These government projects and completion of the Tamiami Trail in 1928 ended old ways of life for most Seminoles and opened up new opportunities. White developers and tourists came to the area, and Seminoles began to work on local farms, ranches and tourist shops.
Modern Times. In the 1940s, Seminoles began moving to reservations and establishing tribal governments with ties to the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. In 1957, most Seminoles had formal relations with the U.S. government as the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which is headquartered in Hollywood. They control six reservations around the Sunshine State.
The Miccosukee branch of the Seminoles held to a more traditional lifestyle
Erected by Florida State Parks.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Trail of Tears series list.
Location. 29° 6.125′ N, 82° 5.354′ W. Marker is near Ocala, Florida, in Marion County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Southeast 80th Street (County Road 328) and South Pine Avenue (U.S. 441), on the right when traveling east. Marker is located along the trail at "The Island" - Cross Florida Barge Canal Interpretive Park, just south of the Marion County Sheriff's Station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3260 Southeast 80th Street, Ocala FL 34480, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Oklahoma Seminole Nations History (here, next to this marker); A Tribe Lost: Timicua (here, next to this marker); Florida Seminoles (here, next to this marker); Florida Crackers (a few steps from this marker); Cat Face (within shouting distance of this marker); Greenway Greenlife (within shouting distance of this marker); History: Crops (within shouting distance of this marker); Green Monsters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ocala.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Historic Florida Barge Canal Trail
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1. Seminole History. The Seminoles of Florida call themselves the "Unconquered People," descendants of just 300 Indians who managed to elude capture by the U.S. army in the 19th century. Today, more than 2,000 live on six reservations in the state - located in Hollywood, Big Cypress, Brighton, Immokalee, Ft. Pierce, and Tampa. While becoming more economically diverse, the Seminoles also maintain respect for the old ways. (Submitted on February 21, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Seminole Tribe of Florida (Wikipedia). The Seminole Tribe of Florida is a federally recognized Seminole tribe based in the U.S. state of Florida. Together with the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, it is one of three federally recognized Seminole entities. The Seminole emerged in a process of ethnogenesis from various Native American groups who settled in Florida in the 18th century, most significantly Creeks from what is now northern Florida, Georgia and Alabama. (Submitted on February 21, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 20, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 21, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.