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Garden 387, Abiaka (Sam Jones)

Posted By Brooke Englert, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Garden Site 387 dedicated to an inspiring seminole war chief, Abiaka, often reffered to as Sam Jones, was located at Tree Tops Park in Broward county, Florida. Surrounded by suburbs, the park resides at 3900 SW 100th Ave, Davie FL 33328; Abiaka was a Seminole Indian in which he was most known to be a very inspiring and powerful war chief and also as the medicine man. His high spirits and influential role kept the Seminole people together and surviving through war times to peace times. I chose this location for the garden site ironically because this specific park has an actual statue of Abiaka. The statue is conveniently placed behind the main office of the park, in the front of the woods in which the beauty of nature surrounds the statue. The park possesses this figurine of Abiaka because of the impact he made in the Second Seminole War is the reason for the presence of all Native Americans here in South Florida grounds today. His relevance to the Seminole people is almighty, therefore the statue displayed is there in honor of Abiaka and his bravery. Every Seminole still residing here today owes a big thanks to Abiaka and his determination for fighting for the Seminole land to remain here. The statue is Abiaka alongside a woman and her child, in which Abiaka is pointing ahead for the mother and child to go. This statue portrays Abiaka pointing and leading a mother and child to some sort of safety, displaying the times in war when he kept the Seminoles safe during rough war struggles. Im very pleased with the garden location and am excited for those to visit and check out the site and to hopefully learn more about the great Abiaka. 

Abiaka Portrait provided by the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

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