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Garden 413 W. Stanley Hanson

Posted By Hailey Marenco, Wednesday, December 04, 2013

From the start of our American History, it is been known that before us, Native Americans had made the New World their home. They were the only ones here, before every other heritage stepped on this land. Among all of the Native American tribes in America, there were the Seminole and Miccosukee Indians. They resided mostly in Florida and there was one person who made it his goal to keep their traditions alive, even when colonialism was taking place. W. Stanley Hanson was raised where interacting with Native Americans was accepted and where he learned to see them as equal. His family was known for always traveling to culturally rich environments like Cuba and when they settled in Fort Myers, Stanley decided to document their every day lives. He even lived among the Seminole and Miccosukee, being a part of their society and making sure to keep their way of living is forever remembered.

Because he made such in difference in history keeping us today informed and well aware of the Seminole traditions and culture, I decided to dedicate my garden to him. Because he dedicated his life to documenting the Seminole lives, who stepped foot on southern florida, i decided to plant the garden on southern florida soil. I did it with my little neighbor friend who attends Dr. Carlos Finlay Elementary and was extremely enthusiastic and planting a garden with me. So southern Florida should definitely remember W. Stanley Hanson as the person that today let us get a closer look of the Seminole and their life, through journal entries and photographs.

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