An overview of the history of seminole indians and the war with the united states

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The recoil of the cannons on the barges broke them loose, sending them into the water, and the sailors had to retreat. The reservation question divided the Florida native peoples into two camps. Nevertheless, Georgia ignored the decision and President Jackson refused to abide by the executive branch's constitutional obligation to enforce it; astonishingly, the authors call Jackson "a staunch defender of the [U. Native peoples dissatisfied with the increasingly aggressive actions of their white neighbors and the state governments joined the British against the Unites States armies. Many were from Pensacola; some were free citizens though others had escaped from United States territory. As the authors' own descriptions make clear, the Seminoles, like most other Southeastern Indians, practiced horticulture continually, with women being the primary farmers. Fort Drane was abandoned in July because of illness, with five out of seven officers and men on the sick list. Sugar plantations along the Atlantic coast south of St. In addition, Seminoles on the other side of the river were shooting at any soldier who showed himself along the river. Jesup replied that he had told the Cherokees that no Seminole who came in would be allowed to return home. The nucleus of the Seminole Nation however, was to form around a settlement of Oconee, Chiaha, Apalachicola and Sawokali town members. They managed to continue work on the fort at Prospect Bluff. The natives used every means to avoid a war, but were forced into it by the tyranny of our government.

For the first time, the Army campaigned in Florida during the summer, taking captives and destroying crops and buildings.

This was expensive, but Congress continued to appropriate the necessary funds. The treaty also stipulated that white settlers could build roads and seek runaway slaves within the reservation. Back when Britain controlled Florida, the British often incited Seminoles against American settlers who were migrating south into Seminole territory.

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He traded with the Indians in Florida and had written letters to British and American officials on behalf of the Indians. The natives used every means to avoid a war, but were forced into it by the tyranny of our government. The Seminole Indians want a better understanding with the United States government and want to hear no more about war.

When they reached the site of the Negro Fort, Jackson had his men construct a new fort, Fort Gadsden.

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Marines were dispatched from Key West to help man Fort Brooke. On July 23, , Seminoles attacked the Cape Florida lighthouse , severely wounding the assistant keeper in charge, killing his assistant, and burning the lighthouse. They patrolled the Florida coast to gather information on and intercept Seminoles, and to block smuggling of arms and supplies to the Seminoles. In November, Chief Charley Emathla, wanting no part of a war, led his people to Fort Brooke, where they were to board ships to go west. Sailors and Marines helped man Army forts that were short of manpower. The Seminole Wars: America's Longest Indian Conflict is a largely descriptive work with no unifying thesis, except an inadvertent one stating that American aggression forced the Seminoles to defend their lives, families, and land with violence. John R. Since the late-seventeenth century, Florida had provided refuge for slaves escaping British or American plantations in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Alabama. Both Col. That decision brought into legal question the whole notion of state jurisdiction over Indian land and Indian Removal, since the federal Indian Removal Act of was instigated, in President Jackson's words, by a need to solve the "crisis" of state-federal jurisdictional conflict.
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University Press of Florida: The Seminole Wars