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Below are the major sources used to derive the number of plantation slave rebels that took part in the Black Seminole slave rebellion. For a complete list of sources used in this documentary Web site, visit works cited.

Sources from the period:

  • Cohen, Myer M. Notices of Florida and the Campaigns. 1836. Intro. O.Z. Tyler, Jr. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1964: 81, 88, 141, 141ff.
  • Niles' Weekly Register 49.22 (January 30, 1836): 368-370.
  • Florida Herald, January 13, 1836, as cited in Jacob Rhett Motte, Journey into Wilderness: An Army Surgeon’s Account of Life in Camp and Field During the Creek and Seminole Wars, 1836-38. Ed. James F. Sunderman. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1953: 277-278ff.
  • Sprague, John T. The Origin, Progress, and Conclusion of the Florida War. New York: D. Appleton, 1848: 106.
  • United States Congress. American State Papers: Military Affairs. 7 vols. Washington: Gales and Seaton, 1832-1860. 6: 21-22, citing St. Augustine Herald, January 13, 1836.
  • United States Congress. House. "Joseph M. Hernandez. (To accompany Bill H.R. No. 877.) July 6, 1838." 25 Congress, 2 Session, Report 1043: 2.
  • United States Congress. House. 25 Congress, 3 Session, Ex. Doc. 225: 106.
Secondary sources:
  • Boyd, Mark Frederick. “The Seminole War: Its Background and Onset.” Florida Historical Quarterly 30.1 (July 1951): 63.
  • Brown, Canter. "Race Relations in Territorial Florida, 1821-1845,” Florida Historical Quarterly 73.3 (January 1995): 289, 304 on the same topic.
  • Littlefield, Daniel F. Africans and Seminoles. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1977: 36-37.
  • Rivers, Larry Eugene. Slavery in Florida. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2000: 203.
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Slave Uprising: 6 story panels on the rebellion from the Trail Narrative.

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The buried history of the rebellion: Essay exploring how and why scholars overlooked the largest slave revolt in U.S. history.