Near Bushnell in Sumter County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
One mile east of here is the site of the town of Pilaklikaha, established in 1813 by Black Seminoles. Meaning "many ponds" in the Mikasuki language, Pilaklikaha was the largest and most prosperous Black Seminole town in Florida, with a population of 100 men, women, and children. Many Black Seminoles were formerly enslaved peoples of African descent who fled bondage to Spanish Florida following the American Revolution. Driven into the Alachua and Suwannee regions by Georgia and Tennessee militias, they joined and mingled with the native Seminoles. Black Seminoles, though not formally adopted into the Seminole Tribe, formed a relationship with the native Seminoles who protected them from slave catchers in exchange for military aid and a portion of their crops as tribute. At its peak, Pilaklikaha contained timber, thatch-and-daub homes, corn cribs, and fences. Residents may have accumulated few possessions beyond simple dishes, arms, beads, and hand-made brushed pottery. During the 1820s, the settlement was visited by two American officials, Horatio Dexter and Lt. George McCall, who reported herds of cattle and horses along with fields of rice, beans, melons, pumpkins, and peanuts.
Pilaklikaha was also known as "Abraham's Old Town," named after Abraham, who came to the area
Erected 2017 by The Sumter County Historical Society, Dade Battlefield Society, Seminole Wars Historic Foundation, Scenic Sumter Heritage Byway, Explore Sumter County, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-993.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Trail of Tears marker series.
Location. 28° 39.881′ N, 82° Touch for map. CR 567 is also known locally as Fortune Teller Rd. Marker is in this post office area: Bushnell FL 33513, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sumter County Farmers Market (approx. 3.4 miles away); Parson Brown Orange Tree (approx. 3.8 miles away); Ft. Armstrong (approx. 4.4 miles away); On This Spot (approx. 4½ miles away); Sumterville (approx. 5½ miles away); Adamsville (approx. 9½ miles away); The Battle of Wahoo Swamp (approx. 10.1 miles away); Attorney Virgil Darnell Hopkins (approx. 11.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bushnell.
Categories. • African Americans • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 27, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 102 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 27, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.