Big Cypress Shootout Live Reenactment of the Second Seminole War at Billie Swamp Safari 2/25-26/12

Big Cypress Shootout Live Reenactment of the Second Seminole War at Billie Swamp Safari
Friday, Feb 24, 11am – 3pm – Educational Day (no reenactment)
Saturday, Feb 25, 10am – 4pm – Battle at 11am & 3pm
Sunday, Feb 26, 10am – 4pm – Battle at 2pm
Billie Swamp Safari
between Fort Lauderdale and Naples
on the Big Cypress Reservation
just north of I-75 (Alligator Alley) Exit 49.
www.bcshootout.com

Tickets: $9 adults, $6 children 12 and under.

Seminole Tribe of Florida will present a reenactment of the Second Seminole War at the Big Cypress Shootout

The battle reenactments honor the Seminole’s struggle and sacrifice to remain in their homeland and will feature authentic weapons, soldier and warrior attire and tactics typical of the Second Seminole War.

The three-day event will also include music, Seminole food, Seminole and pioneer artisans, tomahawk throws, primitive archery competition, Seminole Stomp Dancing, authentic Seminole and soldier camps, venomous snake shows and alligator wrestling. “Period settlers” from around the country will hew wood, iron and silver crafts and depict trading techniques from the Seminole war era.

Musical guests include: Okefenokee Joe, Benjamin Dehart (The Cracker Tenor) and Tim Charron.

In the 1800s, a total of three wars were fought by the U.S. military against the Seminoles. These campaigns were the longest, costliest, and bloodiest of all the Indian wars. Although many Seminoles were killed or removed to present-day Oklahoma, they were never defeated, and to this day, more than 3,000 Seminoles are known as “The Unconquered” Seminole Tribe of Florida.

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