Lake Kissimmee is unique because of its cracker cow camp reenactment. "Cracker" refers to the first English settlers of Florida that arrived in 1763 after Spain gave Florida to Great Britain. The word originally referred to a "lawless set of rascals". We are told the name was given to these settlers because of the "crack" of the whips they used to control the cattle. These cows & horses have been breeding on the plains of Florida since being abandoned by Ponce de Leon in the 1500's. Hard to believe they could be hunted & herded to slaughter with the crack of a whip & few dogs, but that's the story. These cattle were vital to feeding the Confederate army. They were driven to the army camps by the "cow cavalry". It was a tough 30-45 days to get the cattle to the troops while defending them from Union soldiers.
Our "cow hunter" really stayed in character & was quite authentic down to his rotten missing teeth. He was a colorful fellow & added to the journey back in time. He even offered us a cup of coffee boiled over the campfire. Luckily, we had already had ours.