Orlando’s Fort Gatlin and Council Oak

For years historians have debated the location of the fabled landmark where Seminoles gathered. Let’s solve the puzzle.

Jason Byrne
Nov 20, 2021 · 13 min read
Watercolor painting of Council Oak by J. M. Alden (left) and photo of what remained of the tree around 1910 (right).

Contrary to popular belief, the Seminoles were not natives of the Everglades. They didn’t even…