Live Historical Seminole Indian War Reenactment, Historical and Cultural Displays Highlight the Big Cypress Shootout

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The Big Cypress Shootout, 2nd Seminole War Reenactment will be held February 25th and 26th on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation at Billie Swamp Safari.

It was the longest and costliest war in US history, and through it all, we remained unconquered.


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

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, authentic Seminole and soldier camps, venomous snake shows, Seminole Stomp Dancing 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.

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


Friday, February 24 is an educational day for school groups. Gates open at 10am. There will not be a battle on Friday.

Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26, 2012 Gates open at 10am and close at 5pm. The battle reenactments will take place at 11am and 3pm on Saturday and at 2pm on Sunday.


Billie Swamp Safari, located between Fort Lauderdale and Naples, on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation. Take I-75 (Alligator Alley) to Exit 49 (Snake Road) then 19 miles.


In the 1830’s, the United States was attempting to enforce its policy of Indian removal. The Seminoles were facing the loss of their homeland and their freedom. After broken treaties and failed peace parley’s, the Seminoles took up arms against removal, The US Government thought they could quickly overpower the Seminoles and waged the fiercest of all wars ever waged between the US Government and Native Peoples. They burned settlements and captured, killed and scattered many Seminole families. This seven year war cost more than the American Revolution and involved 52,000 soldiers fighting against less than 2,000 warriors. The Seminoles fought with courage and determination and had a unique knowledge of the land. Although many Seminoles were killed or removed to present-day Oklahoma, they were never defeated, and to this day their 3500 descendants are known as “The Unconquered” Seminole of Tribe of Florida.


$9 adults, $4 children, CASH OnLY or Online


For more information, call: 800-GO-SAFARI or (863) 983-6101, email: msherman(at)semtribe(dot)com


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