Law firm partners Jennifer Williamson and Linda Weiksnar attended a special showing of “Florida Crackers: The Cattlemen and Cowboys of Florida,” a documentary about what are known as cowhunters in Florida. Filmmaker Rob James met the audience at the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce before the exclusive screening.
The film begins with the story of how Florida had the first horses and the first cattle in the continental United States. They were brought ashore by the crew of Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon. When he and his men were attacked by the native population, the Spaniards fled for their ships, leaving cattle and horses behind.
Settlers of Celtic and British descent rounded up the wild cattle and horses and started the state’s cattle business. Some of their descendants continue to be leaders in the industry. The high-definition movie was shot in Florida. Its only showing on the Treasure Coast was in March 2011