Fort Denaud Florida
Posted by: crackergals
N 26° 44.615 W 081° 30.622
17R E 449249 N 2958136
Quick Description: The history of Fort Denaud
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 2/18/2009 4:15:12 PM
Waymark Code: WM5W48
The combined pressure of growing white settlement in Florida and federal policy of relocating Indian tribes west of the Mississippi sparked the outbreak of the 2nd Seminole War in 1835. Controlling the coasts and campaigning in the heart of Seminole lands were the objectives of Major General Thomas Jesup in 1837. Captain B. L. E. Bonneville established Fort Denaud in 1838 as one of a series of posts liking American operations south of Tampa to the east coast. It was constructed on the south bank of the Caloosahatchee River 27 miles from Fort Myers on land owned by Pierre Denaud, a French Indian trader. The fort consisted of tents with a blockhouse in their midst. It served as a supply depot for troops in the Lake Okeechobee area and was utilized intermittently until the war ended in 1842. Fort Denaud was reopened in 1855, soon after the outbreak of the 3rd Seminole War. Additions included company quarters, hospital guardhouse, sutler's store and stables. A few months after a fire ravaged the post in June 1856, another site on the north bank of the river two miles west was chosen. The fort, which was abandoned in May 1858, gave its name to the nearby town of Denaud.
Marker Number: F 282
Marker Type: Plaque
Sponsored or placed by: Calusa Valley Historical Society and Department Of State
Website: Not listed
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