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Old 07-12-2012, 09:29 PM
Location: Courtice, Ont.
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Just curious... I've seen a lot of references to 'cracker shacks'. Trying to google map/street view them on the limited info I've had to go off in the threads shows small houses probably in not the nicest areas. I realize it's some sort of derogatory term but what are they exactly?
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:03 PM
Location: Not the end of the Earth, but I can see it from here
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"Cracker" as I understand it is a slang term for a native colonial era Floridian, many times someone in agriculture, such as a rancher or citrus farmer. It is not considered a derogatory term, just as "Hoosiers" describes a native of Indiana.

Their house architecture from that time was very distinctive metal roofs, raised floors and "verandas" that covered the front and often times sides of the house. They were similar to what I know as a "shotgun" house, where a central hallway goes from front to back.

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Old 07-13-2012, 02:46 PM
Location: Tampa, FL
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Florida cracker architecture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:48 AM
Location: East Tennessee
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There's a museum and exihibit at the Florida State Fairgrounds called Cracker Country. Lots of public schools take the children there on field trips. It's an important piece of Florida's history. Click the following link for more information --> Welcome to Cracker Country
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:56 PM
Location: Tampa, FL
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Just for fun: Did you know that Florida had the first cowboys?! .. not texas or anyplace out west.. Cracker is in reference to the sound of the whip, not the edible snack that those cowboys used.
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Old 07-29-2012, 01:45 PM
Location: Places you dream of
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crakers were those early type cowboys who took their horses in the bush and the noise they made hitting the cattle etc to make em go.. so probably the house is of an older structure probably more popular back in the day. Now if anyone one what Ga pine is,, it is stronger than iron, and gets more stronger with time, so those old houses probably outlast most of us.
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