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Swamp Men: Swamp Shootout Facts

Photo: Seminole chikee huts

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  • More than 300 Tribal members are employed by the Seminole Tribe in governmental departments, which include health and animal Control. Dozens of enterprises, operated by Tribal members, are supported by the Tribal Council and Board.

  • After the conclusion of the Seminole Wars, and free from U.S. government oppression, the last few Florida Seminole Indians managed to live off the land of South Florida, maintaining minimal contact with outsiders. Hunting, trapping, fishing and trading outside of the reservations provided the Seminoles with their only significant economic income of the era.

  • Every Seminole Indian born to a Seminole woman becomes a member of the mother’s “Clan," a traditional extended family unit. The eight current Seminole clans are: Bird, Wind, Panther, Deer, Bigtown, Bear, Otter, and Snake.

  • The average length of a male American alligator is 10 to 15 feet, half of that is the tail. Typically, females are smaller than males.

  • Alligator hatchlings are only about six to eight inches long and very vulnerable, requiring their mother’s protection.

  • According to a study by the University of Florida, the American Alligator has the strongest bite of any member of the animal kingdom that has been studied. The largest alligator in the study bit down with a force of 2,125 pounds, which is more forceful than all living animals measured.

  • A drought is a period of unusually dry weather that lasts long enough to damage crops or drain water supplies.
  • Flipping an alligator on its back impedes blood flow to the brain causing it to become immobile.

  • The Seminole shootout war reenactments held at Billie Swamp Safari honor the Seminoles' struggle and sacrifice to remain in their homeland and features authentic weapons, soldier and warrior attire, and tactics typical of the Second Seminole War.

  • In the 1800s, the U.S. military waged three wars against the Seminoles.
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