Melbourne in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Hernandez-Capron Trail
—Journal of Jacob Rhett Mott, 1838
By the 19th century, American settlements along Florida's coasts had driven most of the Native peoples into the interior. The Seminoles, Florida's largest tribe, engaged in a series of battles with the encroaching Americans. By 1837, the Second Seminole War was raging all across the Florida peninsula. Aside from a series of small fortresses, the East Coast of Florida from St. Augustine to Fort Capron (today's Fort Pierce) was abandoned by the American settlers.
Late in the year 1837, the United States Army began construction of a road along the Atlantic Coast Ridge. The road was to be 16 feet wide and strong enough to support wagons, cavalry and cannon. By the spring of 1838, Brigadier General Hernandez and his men had built more than 200 miles of road out of the swamps and forests using nothing but hand tools, sweat and human effort. Today the remains of the Hernandez-Capron Trail, Florida's ancient highway for animals and humans lie just a short distance to your east.
Location. 28° 12.614′ N, 80° 42.645′ W. Marker is in Melbourne, Florida Touch for map. The marker is located along the Brevard Linear Trail, about ½ mile south of the dead end of Murrell Rd. No motor vehicles are allowed on the trail. The marker can only be visited on foot or by bicycle. Marker is in this post office area: Melbourne FL 32940, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Provost Hall (approx. 5.8 miles away); Georgiana Railway: 1892-1894 (approx. 5.8 miles away); Georgianna United Methodist Church (approx. 5.8 miles away); United States Air Force (approx. 6.8 miles away); Percy L. Hedgecock (approx. 7 miles away); William H. Gleason House (approx. 7.2 miles away); Corner of Highland and Law Street (approx. 7.2 miles away); Advent Christian Church (approx. 7.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Melbourne.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. A marker with the same title is located at Melbourne Square Mall
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 14, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 13, 2019, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 13, 2019, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.