In 1835, the U.S. government attempted to ship the Seminoles to the western U.S., but they revolted and settled into the swamps where they were able to remain.
In the 1850's, commerce came to the area with barges carrying cotton, lumber, and other items. Hubbard H. Hart founded the Hart Stagecoach Line, which ran between Palatka, Silver Springs, Ocala, and Tampa. In 1860, he hired James Burt who brought steamboats to Silver Springs.
In 1878, Hullam Jones invented the glass bottom boats and tourists flocked to the area to see the underwater world of Silver Springs.
In the 1900's, Hollywood arrived.
"Tarzan Finds a Son!" (MGM 1939) Directed by: Richard Thorpe. Cast: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield.