Saturday, June 12, 2010

Fort Christmas

While in Florida, I visited Fort Christmas, which is at the southeastern edge of Orange County (Orlando). The park contains a replica of Fort Christmas, built as part of the United States' campaigns against the Seminole Indians in the nation's second war with them.

The original fort was abandoned within three months, its purpose ended by the army's southern advances. The replica has two 20' x 20' blockhouses and a few buildings. The original is long gone. I'm sure it didn't have central air conditioning in the blockhouses, as the modern version, but no complaints from me on that point. 

The replica was built as part of an initiative to celebrate the nation's bicentennial.

If time had allowed, I would have visited some of the other prominent Seminole War sites, especially the replica of Fort Foster and the Dade Battlefield.

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