Although it is well known that the neighborhood of Melrose is rich in Indian mounds and a fine hunting ground for flint arrowheads, pottery; and the like, few are aware that within a few miles of Melrose was fought one of the most important battles on Florida soil. This struggle took place between DeSoto’s forces and the Indians under Vitachuco, some time in 1539.
von Noszky, H.
"An Indian Bettlefield Near Melrose,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 2:
1, Article 9.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol2/iss1/9