Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Only Way to See the Glades.

Growing up in Miami I spent a lot of time in the
Everglades. It is a very unique place with some
amazing history, from the Native Seminole and Miccosukee
to the early "Gladesmen", to major plane crashes.

Here is a brief bit of history.

On December 28, 1835, Osceola ambushed Wiley Thompson. He shot and scalped him, along with four other whites. Also on that date, about 300 Seminole warriors attacked Major Francis Dade and his detachment of 100 soldiers on Fort King Road and killed all but three of them.

The Miami area, including a large part of the Glades is considered "Dade" county today.

Although his warriors were considerably outnumbered, Osceola was the architect of a major victory on December 31, 1835, against General Duncan Clinch's force of nearly 1,000 men on the Withlacoochee River. In the battle, Osceola was injured, but he eluded capture. He continued to wage a guerilla war for two years.

Having recovered from his battle wounds, Osceola attempted to recruit more Seminole warriors, but was thwarted when in early 1836, bluecoats (federal troops) brought the war home to the Seminole as they pursued them from northern Florida deep into the swamps in the south.

The Osceola family still thrive in the area today. Growing up I was close friends with several of the siblings. I learned how to catch alligators and hunt wild bore from a couple of the brothers.

My brother in law Donny is a modern day gladesmen.. Here I am in the modern mode of transpo in the glades.

This is my sisters boat with the swanky paint job. Just like any other internal combustion machine, these things are tricked out and modified to fit particular needs. For years there has been a small crew of guys that actually drag race them. Clocking speeds of 100+. My 60+ year old brother in law is a local legend in the Glades.

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