Today's site visit. Basin Creek Falls, Snowy River National Park.
Today marks one year since I moved to San Francisco. I started my Education Internship with the National Park Service and now I am a Park Ranger. Time flies. #parkranger #findyourpark
Bunker Hill musket firing. Not pictured is the guy also in period clothes and carrying a musket, being escorted away by the buff park rangers in bullet proof vests. #nationalparks #parkranger #bunkerhill
Shawn is the most passionate, informative park ranger I've ever met. He currently works in St. Augustine at el Castillo de San Marcos.
Here he is recounting the story of Wild Cat, an influential war leader during the Second Seminole War. When the Indian Removal Act was signed in 1830, it sparked the Trail of Tears as Native Americans were forced to leave their homes. But many insisted upon staying as fighting for their homes.
Wild Cat and more than 230 Native Americans were captured and imprisoned under the guise of a peace treaty discussion in 1837. They were confined within el Castillo (called Fort Marion, at the time). Many people confined here would die of illness, but Wild Cat decided he would rather die trying to escape.
Twenty Native Americans did escape in November 1837. After starving themselves until they could fit within the little window in the room pictured here, they made it back home. It was a turning point for morale in the war and is often attributed to the reason why the Seminole Tribes call themselves the Unconquered People.
Today, most members of the Florida Seminole Tribe can still draw their lineage to the 20 prisoners who escaped that night.
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