OKEECHOBEE – The crack of muskets and Spanish rifles will ring out once again Saturday and Sunday near Lake Okeechobee, just as they did 137 years ago when the Seminole tribes gathered to oppose a superior force of U.S. Army troops commanded by a future president of the United States.
The Battle of Lake Okeechobee, fought Christmas Day 1837, was the largest engagement of the Seminole War. President Andrew Jackson had decided to move all native Americans west of the Mississippi River to open land to white settlers. The Seminoles elected to oppose him in what is one of this nation’s longest Indian wars…. read on!