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We Come for GoodArchaeology and Tribal Historic Preservation at the Seminole Tribe of Florida$
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Paul N. Backhouse, Brent R. Weisman, and Mary Beth Rosebrough

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062280

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062280.001.0001

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Everything You Know Is Wrong!

Everything You Know Is Wrong!

Community Archaeology at Fort Shackelford

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We Come for Good

Annette L. Snapp

University Press of Florida

The construction and reuse of strategic military forts throughout Florida was part of a U.S. tactic to keep an army supplied in a vast theater of war. The forts also had another purpose: to keep a close watch on the enemy. Fort Shackelford is particularly important in this regard as it was placed in the heart of the Seminole community in the Big Cypress swamp. The placement of the fort was, in fact, at the center of events that lead to the Third Seminole War. Today the location of the fort is believed to be on the Big Cypress Reservation. Conventional means of finding the fort, through historic research and archaeological investigation, appear to have pinpointed its location. In any other context the project would have been written up, published, and otherwise filed away. In hindsight and as this chapter clearly demonstrates, this outcome would not have told anywhere near the full story. The actual history of the fort is a human story that can only be told with time and a strong relationship with the community.

Keywords:   Fort Shackelford, Big Cypress Reservation, Third Seminole War

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