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Tomoka State Park

Posted by on January 24, 2014



12,000 Years Ago, the first man came to Florida. These people were descendants of primitive Asians. They were called Indians. Indians hunted the animals along the Halifax River and Tomoka Rivers. They left mounds of oysters and clams which tells us what they ate. Pottery, arrowheads, spear points, and other artifacts have been found. At the time, the Halifax River was a shallow, fresh-water stream.

Indigo production was popular among the indians. Vats and drying racks were used for the large production of indigo. The vats were large, holding up to two thousand gallons of liquid. The stem and leaves were cut and laid in the larger vat. The stems were then
covered with a urine and water mix and left to soak. The liquid darkened to a Gold color. After eight to twelve hours, the liquid was drained into a lower vat with lime water that was added and was vigorously beaten. This added air to the liquid and turned it blue.
Indigo was used for making Jeans and other goods.

Chief Tomokie was a legendary chief of Timucuan warriors who failed to believe in mystical powers of a sacred spring. Tomokie’s drinking of the sacred water from the spring enraged other Indians and a war ensued between Tomokie’s warriors and those who believed the sacred water should not be touched by man. Chief Tomokie died from an Indian princess named Oleeta when she took aim at his heart with an arrow.

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