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Maps > Defensive Square #7
In an effort to defeat the Indians by setting up defensive areas with forts for security, Florida was divided into 20-square-mile defensive squares. This 1839 map shows Defensive Square #7. Although it is difficult to read, it appears to have been surveyed and drawn by Lt. George C. Thomas of the 4th Reg. Artillary. The square centers on Micanopy. There is an entry in the "Encyclopedia of Historic Forts," by Robert B. Roberts, for Fort Micanopy: "This early Second Seminole War fort, known originally as Fort Defiance and Fort No. 7 (East Florida), was the scene of several bloody engagements with the Seminoles under Chief Osceola…Fort Defiance was apparently established in December 1835 by Florida militia.
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