Amateur Explorers Claim to Find Lost US Army Fort in Florida Everglades

A team of amateur explorers say they found the site of a lost U.S. Army fort buried deep in the Everglades that once served as a restocking post for troops during a series of guerilla-like battles with Seminole Indians. Nestled into the dense, waterlogged swamps 60 miles from the coast, Fort Harrell, built in 1837, was one of nearly a dozen forts across Florida used in the early and mid-19th century.

The team identified the site by overlaying old maps with global positioning satellite coordinates. They found one site on a 1940s aerial map and found post holes in the damp ground and limestone that may have supported a wall. About 100 yards away buried in the mud they found a weathered 20-foot Cypress log carved into a long beam.

You can read more in a Reuters article by Zachary Fagenson, and available at http://goo.gl/zDOAHM.

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