Some of Florida’s first pioneers (1800s) were farmers from Southern states known as “Crackers.”
The crunchy term came from the cracking sound that the cowboy whips made, and the term was meant to be derogatory. However, proud cowboys embraced the term. They would round up and drive cattle to market using dogs and whips. Crackers lived off the land, raised cattle and planted crops.
Would you like to see the legacy of Florida Crackers? Take a trip out to the Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch. You’ll get a chance to see how Florida’s early Crackers lived and worked.