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Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

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7200 County Road 603
Bushnell, Florida 33513

(352) 793-4781

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Reenactors fire a cannon and wave the American flag at the annual Dade Battlefield Reenactment. Photo by Rodney Todt.

 Welcome to Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Every January, under the oaks of Dade Battlefield State Park, history lovers gather to commemorate the battle that started the Second Seminole War. On December 28, 1835, Indian warriors ambushed 108 U.S. soldiers at this site, and only three soldiers survived. The 80-acre park protects not only a historic battlefield, but also the natural communities as they existed during the war. As you stroll the half-mile trail through pine flatwoods, keep your eyes peeled for gopher tortoises, woodpeckers, songbirds, hawks or indigo snakes. The amenities of Dade Battlefield include a playground, picnic area with covered shelters and recreation hall. The park's visitor center provides information and displays about the historic battle, as well as a 12 minute video history of the battle This Land, These Men.