And Gary Ellis, director of the Gulf Archaeology Research Institute Inc., believes he’s uncovered it.
In 1835, rising tensions between settlers and the Seminole tribe led the military to build Fort Defiance in the area. Evacuated and burned about a year later because of illness and the inability of those stationed there to defend it, it was re-established in 1837 as Fort Micanopy. That fort’s exact location has never been determined, but historical information indicates it was within what is now Micanopy’s town limits.
After working last year in Micanopy and with the help of residents and others who have found artifacts in and around the town, Ellis has submitted information to the National Park Service about his findings. Read more.