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Finding Fort Shackelford: A lost U.S. Army Fort from the Seminole War Era.

Author(s): Shawn P Keyte

Year: 2017

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Fort Shackelford was built in February of 1855 on what is now the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation in South Florida. It was one of several forts built by the U.S. Army used to scout near the Big Cypress and Everglades regions during the U.S. Government’s efforts to pressure the Seminoles into leaving the area. The fort was found burned by American Soldiers shortly before they were ambushed by Seminole Warriors; marking the start of the Third Seminole War. The location of the fort has been shrouded in mystery ever since. This poster will briefly discuss the history surrounding Fort Shackelford, how and why it was constructed, and materials likely used, in an attempt to determine a methodology for locating the remains of the fort and identify its exact location.

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Finding Fort Shackelford: A lost U.S. Army Fort from the Seminole War Era.. Shawn P Keyte. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435568)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 392

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America