Discussion in 'Canoeing' started by beekeeper, Jul 7, 2017.
Several years ago when we had a long dry spell Lake Okeechobee's water level receded. Around the lake buried in the mud several cypress ( dugout ) canoes were found.
If memory serves me they were dated back during the time of the Seminole Indian wars and even before then.
Sometimes, on long journeys, Indians transferred from water to land travel. They would sometimes bury the canoes to hide them, and planned to pick up the boat on their return journey.
If they did return. Sometimes. . . . . well, let's just say that "there's many a slip, 'twixt cup and the lip."
Common practice in the Lake Okeechobee area ( back then ) was to sink the canoe. Especially during the Indian Wars when you did not want anyone to know where you are. Seamed like a good way to keep anyone from finding it or using it.
That's pretty much the way I remember it too. Of course, it was a long time ago.
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