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Täl-la-häs-ke Fustvstvnuke Garden

Posted By Sophie Pestana, Friday, December 6, 2013

Täl-la-häs-ke Fustvstvnuke also known as Tallahassee, was a Seminole leader. Tallahassee was the nephew of Chupco. In 1877, Tallahassee became the chief of the Seminole tribe. During the Third Seminole War, Tallahassee led his band of twenty Seminole Indians. The Third Seminole War was also known as Billy Bowleg's War. They fought against the settlers. The Seminole Indians fought primarily over the land disputes in Florida. The war lasted from 1855 until 1858. Tallahassee lived in Polk County near Lake Pierce. He died in Hungry Land. He lived to be over 90 years old.

I wanted to plant a garden in Lake Pierce, because that is where Tallahassee lived. However, the drive to Lake Pierce from Miami is over five hours long. My mother and father did not want to waste gas on the drive. Gas is very expensive nowadays. So I started to search for another location that is closer to my house. I decided to plant the garden in Kendall Indian Hammocks Park. The park is located at 11395 SW 79th St, Miami, FL 33173. I choose this park because Tallahassee was an Indian and the park is called Indian Hammocks. This park is beautiful and enormous. Yet, it was lacking in some Florida wildflowers. Before planting the seeds, I called the park’s phone number and got permission. Then I chose a spot that was barren and planted the seeds I got at my class. Some of the seeds have begun to sprout. I cannot wait to see the entire seed sprout. 

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