"Sam Jonesís possessions
consist of a group of several islands, differing in size
and separated by narrow slices. Upon the largest of
these [Long Key], is about one hundred and fifty yards
in width and half a mile in length, are three villages
military engineer's report in 1841
was the Americanized name for the powerful Seminole
leader, Abiaka. Although a medicine man, he is
remembered more as a warrior and military planner.
Abiaka is given credit for masterminding Seminole
victories in many battles, including two in 1837:
the Battle of Okeechobee and the Battle of Pine Island
Ridge against U. S. troops led by Major William
Much more of the historical record is on display at the Nature
Center. Additional Seminole resources
can be reached via on our Links page.