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Seminole Archaeology

Robert S. Carr

in Digging Miami

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780813042060
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043463 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813042060.003.0012
Seminole Archaeology

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This chapter examines the arrival of the Seminoles and their patterns of settlement in southeast Florida. From the first Creek slave raids on the Tequesta in 1709 to the creation of Seminole settlements after the purchase of Florida by the United States, this chapter explores the patterns of Seminole settlements and their artifacts. Seminole artifacts are divided into two basic types. The first is unaltered Euro-American objects acquired by trade, purchase, or raids, such as glass beads, harpoons, knives, guns, and sewing machines. The second is those Euro-American metals altered to create ornaments, gun parts, bullet molds, and musket balls. Artifacts recovered from the Brickell trading post are discussed as well as discoveries made on Everglades tree islands. Changing settlement and transportation patterns through time are presented.

Keywords: Seminole; Miccosukee; Black Seminoles; Snake Creek; trading post

Chapter.  7836 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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