Historic Markers Across Florida

Spanish Cattle Ranching

Marker ID: FLHM F-165
Location: E University Ave (SR 24) between 1st and 3rd streets, Gainesville, FL
County: Alachua
Coordinates: N 29° 39.131    W 082° 19.386
  29.65218333    -82.3231
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM34QR


Present-day Gainesville was the center of a large Spanish cattle ranching industry, founded on the labor of native Timuqua Indians, during the 1600s. LaChua, largest of the ranches, was a Spanish corruption of an Indian word, and in turn was corrupted into "Alachua County." English raids destroyed the Indian civilization and Spanish ranches, although large wild herds of cattle were not uncommon during Seminole War years (1835-1842).

F-165 Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials 1969


City: Gainesville, FL More Information:
Wikipedia - Seminole Wars
Florida Center for Instructional Technology - Seminole Wars