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The Treaty of Ft. Dade - Seminole War Event
The Pioneer Florida Museum & Village and the Seminole Wars Foundation proudly present…The Treaty of Ft. Dade, a Second Seminole War Event.
It’s March, 1837 and the US Army and Seminole Indians have been at war for nearly a year-and-a-half. Under a flag of truce, the Seminoles agreed to meet with army officials at Fort Dade, just seven miles from present-day Dade City. Many tribal leaders agreed to be relocated to Oklahoma Territory during this lull in the hostilities. The truce would not last. On June 2, Osceola and Coacoochee snuck in the disembarkation camp outside Fort Brooke in Tampa and liberated hundreds of their fellow Seminoles.
The Pioneer Florida Museum will portray this sequence of events through historical interpretation and theatrical reenactment. The event will also feature Seminole and other Native American artisans, time period specific US Army and state militia portrayals, along with civilian crafts and demonstrations.
Schedule of Events:
Gates Open 10am
10am-1pm Music from Jackson Creek
1-2pm Presentation by Jim Sawgrass on Indigenous Tribes of Florida and primitive weapons demonstration (45-55 minutes with 5-15 minutes of Q & A)
2-2:05pm Jim Sawgrass plays Native flute
2:15-2:45pm Presentation by Keith Kohl on The Soldier/Militia Rivalry (20-25 minutes with 5-10 minutes Q & A)
3-3:30pm Presentation by Matt Griffin on Black Seminoles (20-25 minutes with 5-10 minutes Q & Q)
3:30-3:35pm Matt Griffin plays the Native flute
4pm Theatrical Presentation on Fort Dade Treaty begins
4-4:10pm Archie Marshall presentation on Why Treaties Break Down
Archie Marshall will narrated the action of the treaty signing, as actors portray it
4:30-4:40pm Matt Griffin presents his character in the reenactment - Abraham
5-5:30pm Archie Marshall narrates through a portrayal of infantry and artillery tactics by US soldiers and Seminole Indians
5:30pm Cannon Firing
530-6pm Daniel Tommie presents on the Breakout from Fort Brooke and The Seminole Tribe Today
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