Vacapachasie: Black Seminole chief in Jackson County, Florida

The story of the maroons or “Black Seminoles” is one of the most interesting in Florida history. Maroons were escaped slaves. Slavery was against the law in Spanish Florida for much of its colonial history. In fact, the first American “Underground Railroad” ran south, not north.  African slaves from the Carolinas slipped south through the […]

Chattahoochee kicks off 200th anniversary of Scott Massacre of 1817

Chattahoochee Main Street and the City of Chattahoochee have officially kicked off the 200th anniversary commemoration of the Scott Massacre of 1817. This battle was the first U.S. defeat of the Seminole Wars and took place at what is now River Landing Park in Chattahoochee. A large force of Red Stick Creek, Seminole, Miccosukee and […]