“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Brooksville in Hernando County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)


Chocochatti Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, May 29, 2014
1. Chocochatti Marker

The first colony of Muskogee-speaking Upper Creek Indians from Alabama was established nearby in 1767. British surveyor/naturalist Bernard Romans identified the settlement as "New Yufala, planted in a beautiful and fertile plain." It later became known as Tcuko tcati, or "Chocochatti," meaning "Red House" or "Red Town." It was here that the Upper Creek Indians were transformed into Florida Seminoles. The Chocochatti Seminoles were prosperous commercial deer hunters, traders, farmers, and cattlemen. Chocochatti town and prairie was their home for nearly 70 years. The Brooksville region, historically known as the Big Hammock, possessed rich soils for their crops, an abundance of game, and prairies ideal for grazing cattle. Turbulent times came with war in the early 1800s, culminating with the passage of the Indian Removal Act of 1830. By 1836, the Chocochatti Seminoles, under the leadership of Fuche Luste Hadjo, "Black Dirt," chose to emigrate to present-day Oklahoma, at the outbreak of the Second Seminole War. Others chose to resist, eventually being forced into South Florida, where they prosper today as an unconquered people, the Seminole
Chocochatti Marker Dedication image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, May 29, 2014
2. Chocochatti Marker Dedication
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Tribe of Florida, whose character speaks volumes to humankind.
A Florida Heritage Landmark

Erected 2014 by Seminole Tribe of Florida, Chairman James E. Billie, Historic Hernando Preservation Society and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-802.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1767.
Location. 28° 32.44′ N, 82° 22.266′ W. Marker is in Brooksville, Florida, in Hernando County. Marker is on Cortez Boulevard (State Road 50) 0.2 miles west of East Jefferson Street (U.S. 98), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brooksville FL 34601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Sidewalk (approx. one mile away); 1885 Train Depot (approx. 1.1 miles away); St. Anthony the Abbot Church (approx. 1.2 miles away); Hernando County Confederate Monument (approx. 1.4 miles away); Hernando County (approx. 1.4 miles away); Hernando County War Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Chinsegut Hill (approx. 5.2 miles away); Spring Lake Community Center (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooksville.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 26, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 651 times since then and 316 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 26, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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