Saturday, June 26, 2010

Ft. Lauderdale - a little history with a Tennessee connection

So... Andrew Jackson really had an issue with the Native Americans (yes he was a little judgemental back in the day).  The Seminole tribe were concentrated in the area of present-day Ft. Lauderdale and Gen. Jackson wanted them gone.  He decided to call on his trusted friend, Captain William Lauderdale from Sumner County, TN, to come take care of the issue.

Captain Lauderdale and 400 mounted horsemen rode down from Tennessee and fought the Native Americans for the land. They built a small fort in the area.  The fort not only survived later wars, but the area around it began to grow and flourish and came to be known as the town of Ft. Lauderdale.

Today Ft. Lauderdale and Davie, FL look like this:

Ethan and Rob throwing the disc

Nice beaches, no evidence of any wars.  And the town of Ft. Lauderdale still bears a Tennesseean's name!  Woot woot!

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