Bunce Village

I went to Bunce Village, located in Pinellas County on 8/17/2016.

According to the Ghosttown website,

The first permanent settler on Mullet Key was Capt. William Bunce, a Baltimore Sea Captain and Key West merchant. In 1837, he set up a fishing village there, growing to have 40 structures on the island. Bunce employed Spanish fishermen, Spanish-speaking Indians, Blacks, Cubans, and Seminoles for his fishing business. In 1848, Robert E. Lee, at the time a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. army, recommended that Mullet Key be used for coastal defense in Florida. Soon after, Bunce’s fishing village was destroyed, considered by the U.S. Army to be a hiding place for renegade Spaniards. By Jim Pike


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