The Florida Everglades

The Florida Everglades


  • The Florida Everglades

Published Date

  • published 1940


they would not take so much as a board, or a handful of nails form
the warehouse.

The 80 acres were eventually sold. Later, 17,000 acres were
acquired in Hendry County in a further attempt, but this enterprise
also failed. Wearily, those interested in Indian affairs concluded that
it would be impossible to collect the Indians and put them on a
reservation, except by military force. Many also believed that the
Indians in Florida would ultimately disappear as a race, from natural
causes, and that no outside aid could shield or protect him.

At a conference in Washington it was decided to close the
Hendry County Reservation and use the money to care for sick and
indigent Indians. A camp was opened at Dania but instead of
becoming a refuge for the poor and ill, it developed into a home for a
small group of East Coast Indians who had been displaced from their
haunts by the boom.

Seminoles have always been hunters, and have done a little
farming as well. If the proposed Everglades National Park were
extended to include that portion of the Big Cypress where most of
their camps are located, it is expected that the Monroe County
Reservation which the National Park Service wishes to include in the
Park, will be exchanged for an equal acreage in Collier County