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Okeechobee Battlefield

Okeechobee, Florida
County of Okeechobee.
4 miles southwest of Okeechobee on U.S. 441
National Register Number: 66000269
Resource type: Site.
Property type: Defense - battle site. The threat level was Watch in
2006.
Congressional District: FL-16 Certified Local Government: NO
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Statement of Significance (as of designation - July 4, 1961):
The three-hour battle at Okeechobee was the largest engagement of the Second Seminole War. Zachary Taylor's decisive victory at Okeechobee on December 25, 1837, marked the turning point in the War and paved the way for General Taylor's political career.

Condition:
Progress was made in the past few years when the state of Florida acquired one quarter of the battlefield, but the integrity of the resource is still threatened by numerous drainage ditches that interrupt the natural flow of water on the site, as well as a massive invasion of exotic plant species.

Closure of an unsecured west boundary has taken place. Removal of exotic species is underway.


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