Watch some Native history come to life on January 28 as the Loxahatchee Battlefield Preservationists re-enact the Battle of the Loxahatchee, the last major battle of the Second Seminole War.
The Second Seminole War began in 1835 and is considered one of the most expensive Indian conflicts in this country’s history. By the end of the war in 1842, the United States had spent more than $40 million and moved more than 3,000 Seminoles to the West. But, those that remained consider themselves unconquered because no treaty was ever signed.
“Unlike their dealings with other Indian tribes, however, the U.S. government could not force a surrender from the Florida Seminoles,” reads the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s history page. “Historians estimate there may have been only a few hundred unconquered Seminole men, women and children left—all hiding in the swamps and Everglades of South Florida.”
Before the re-enactment, which begins at 2 p.m., there will be Seminole storytelling by Elgin Jumper, a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, at 10:30 a.m. Jumper is a poet, artist, essayist, and short story writer.
According to president of the Loxahatchee Battlefield Preservationists Guy Bachman, who wrote a guest editorial for TCPalm, there will be Seminoles and soldier living history camps, as well as weapon and artillery demonstrations, and battlefield tours throughout the day.
The re-enactment will take place January 28 beginning at 9 a.m. at Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park on 9060 W Indiantown Road in Jupiter, Florida.
The 63-acre park is just six years old, and only came into existence through the lobbying efforts of the Loxahatchee Battlefield Preservationists and other concerned citizens. Bachman hopes the park will someday be a National Historic Site. His group is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the site, which was once occupied by Natives.
See the full schedule of events on the Loxahatchee Battlefield Preservationists website.