Historic Markers Across Florida

Cooley Massacre

Marker ID:  
Location: on New River, Tarpon Bend, Fort Lauderdale
County: Broward
Coordinates: N 26° 06.993    W 080° 09.017
  26.11655    -80.15028333
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: WMZ683


Cooley Massacre

This monument marks the site of the William Cooley plantation. Cooley arrived here in 1824 and soon became the leader of the small settlement that grew along the New River.
On January 6, 1836, local Indians attacked Cooley's homestead, killing his family and children's tutor. This marked the beginning of the Second Seminole War in South Florida and led to the founding of the military post, FORT LAUDERDALE, in 1838.

City of Fort Lauderdale


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