Major Francis L. Dade, for whom the County and battlefield are named, was an early causality of the the battle that led to the 2nd of 3 Seminole wars. It appears that after the War of 1812, General Andrew Jackson was ordered to remove the Seminole Indians from Florida to Oklahoma. Evidently, he was quite brutal in his efforts. When he became President, he continued this endeavor.
We visited the Dade Battlefield in Bushnell, Florida, where Major Dade was leading a US military force of 107 men from Fort Brooke (now Tampa Florida) to reinforce Fort King (now Ocala Florida) when he was attacked by 180 Seminole warriors. Only 3 of the soldiers survived, while the Indians only suffered minor casualties. The Seminole’s considered it a major victory.
Our first trip over 275 miles pulling The Sphinx, and therefore had to stop for gas. Sorry to disappoint some of you, but we had no mishap pulling into the station and getting gas. Although it was a new experience.
Cypress National Preserve, FL. to Bushnell, FL. 278.9 miles
7 hours 18 minutes
Diesel 2.17 gallon
On the Seminole Indian Reservation, Barbara pointed me out for the warriors (I guess for the alligator mishap).
It appears that for 40 years the US Government tried to move the Seminole Indians from Florida to Oklahoma. The Seminoles did not want to go, and there was War. The US classified them as three separate wars ( I could put the dates here, but do you really care?). The Seminoles considered it one long war. Finally, the US said, after spending 50 million dollars, and losing 2000 soldiers, that most of the Seminoles had been killed or moved to Oklahoma, and declared the 3rd Seminole War over. The Seminoles position is that there were 840 of them still living in the Everglades, where the US couldn’t find them, and since no peace treaty was signed, they won the war. Sounds logical to me.
Time to mail our taxes and absentee ballots. In the Everglades, not much of a Postal system. They are only open 2 hours in the morning and 4 hours in the afternoon.
No cell phone reception. I guess they still use smoke signals.
The Florida Everglades was teaming with life. From flowers
My, what big teeth you have, Grandma!
And even baby Alligators
Meanwhile, back as the ranch, we went looking for the alligators that the camp host indicated were in the lake. Sure enough, we found him (or her, Barbara did not want to check) directly across the lake from The Sphinx, laying in the grass, getting a tan.