William Henry Brown was a trading post owner. He was born in
Bristol, England in 1856 and settled in Florida around 1870. "Brown moved
his family to Immokalee in the Big Cypress area in order to trade with
Seminoles that were currently living there and then moved to place that later
became known as the Big Cypress Reservation.” He traded sugar, flour, grits,
ammunition, cloth, and beads for alligator skins, otter hides and egret plumes.
In the course of his journey around the country to deliver items to the Indians
William Brown came cross a lake that had crystal clear cold water and a lot of
fish, which he named it Rocky Lake. I am dedicating this garden to the
important Floridian William Henry Brown near the lake at Florida International
University to represent the fact that he resided near the everglades and
because of his discovery of Rocky Lake. Brown was an honorable man who cared
for people and went out of his way to trade with the Indians at this time. It
is said that it used to take anywhere from 8 to 12 days to make the journey
from this post all the way to Fort Myers, but William Henry Brown still
traveled that route all the time. Mr. Brown not only brought the Indians
supplies but he also let his wife get involved to teach them the use of canned goods,
how to use a sewing machine, and how to cook different types of foods. Mr.
Brown was a caring man, and he deserves this garden in his memory.
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