Ft. Heileman served as a supply depot for the United States
Army during the Second Seminole War, 1835-1842.
The fort's purpose was primarily administrative
rather than defensive, but frightened settlers arrived in droves as Seminoles attacked farms in neighboring counties.
The fort was never involved in a battle, but the military presence gave the local populace great psychological comfort.
This website offers primary source materials from the Library
of Congress plus secondary source readings, and student activities based on those documents, for K-12 teachers.
The activities are based on the Florida Sunshine State Standards.
The primary materials tell a story from establishing
the fort in 1836 until it closed in 1841. The impact it had on the area was both positive and negative.
Local residents carried on with their lives while over a thousand refugees camped out in miserable conditions until the fighting
moved southward late in 1840.
The lesson plans provide an overview of the Seminole Wars
and the role of the fort in the conflict. Readings and assignments for all but the K-2 grades refer to one or more of
the primary documents, plus material from educational websites.