Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

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7200 County Road 603, Bushnell, FL, USA

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Walking the Battlefield May 19, 2017
Dade Battlefield: The attempt to remove the Seminole Tribe from their ancestral land to a reservation resulted in the Second Seminole War. It started on 28 December 1835 when when a column of 107 men led by Major Francis L. Dade passed this area en route from Fort Brooke (now Tampa) to Fort King (now Ocala) was attacked by 180 warriors led by Halpatter Tustenuggee (called Alligator by the white man), Osceola, and Micanopy on a pine barren located here. After the first shot fired by Micanopy, the Indians arose from the ground and from behind trees and fired a volley at the column of soldiers. Quickly, half of them were killed. The second phase of the battle lasted until 2 PM and by then all the soldiers but 3 were killed. Major Dade and CPT Fraser were amongst the first killed.



Memorials: Along the short unpaved loop trail through the battlefield are memorials to MAJ Dade and CPT Fraser showing where they fell in battle. I guess the other officers and the enlisted men were not important enough for mention.



Sabal Palmetto: The Sabal Palmetto is also called the "Cabbage Palm" because of the large leaf bud or "cabbage" at the top of the 50 to 80 foot straight, ridged, trunk. The "cabbage" can be cooked and eaten as a vegetable. The Seminoles long used most of the Sabal Palmettos for food and roofing material, and many other products.
Dade Battlefield
Dade Battlefield
Dade Battlefield
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Visit Dade Battlefield May 19, 2017
Today the Dade Battlefield from the 28 December 1835 battle that started the Second Seminole War is preserved at the Dade Battlefield State Park near the town of Bushnell, Florida. The 80 acre park has 40 acres of pine barren and a nice stand of Live Oaks that closely resemble the terrain from 1835. There is a visitor’s center here and a nice little museum that shows an informative film and has displays about the battle, the history behind it and the lives of the Seminole Indians. Hours are 8 AM to sunset daily. Admission is $3 per vehicle with up to 8 occupants.

Inside the Visitors Center is a nice little museum that provides informative displays that show the timeline of the Seminole Wars and the history of Florida, the battle here at Dade Battlefield, the Seminoles Warriors and the lives of the Seminole People past and present. Hours are 8 AM to 5 PM daily
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Museum Displays
Museum Displays
Museum Displays
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Airpunk says:
Good tips and pictures for this historical place. Also the museum seems to be quite good.
Posted on: May 21, 2017

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