An anniversary no other U.S. state can claim, 05-05-12 Tampa Tribune Views”O Oysters,” said the Carpenter,
“You’ve had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?’
But answer came there none–
And this was scarcely odd, because
They’d eaten every one.
(from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, by Lewis Carroll, 1872)
Will places be set at the 500-year celebration table for the descendents of Florida’s first people?
Alas, as nearly as anyone can tell, no living person today carries any blood from the hundreds of thousands of natives who lived and thrived here at the time of Ponce’s “discovery” of La Florida.
Perhaps the so-called Seminoles could act as stand-ins and add tales of their own “trail of tears” to this, for them, a somber time of remembering.
<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen