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Rebellion December 28, 1835     
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Seminole dance
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Drawing of a Seminole dance in 1838, by Hamilton Wilcox Merrill outside Fort Butler on the St. Johns River. Huntington Art Museum.
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That night in the Wahoo Swamp, the allied Indians and blacks held a drunken celebration. Osceola, who had missed the attack on Dade's men, joined the group with the spoils of his attack on Fort King. The warriors mounted Wiley Thompson's scalp on a pole. Men who had suffered his speeches now took turns addressing the scalp, imitating the agent's once condescending tones.

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Sources: Sprague Origin 91.
Part 2, War: Outline  l  Images
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 Trail Narrative
 + Prologue
 + Background: 1693-1812
 + Early Years: 1812-1832
 - War: 1832-1838
+ Prelude to War
+ Revenge
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"Massacre"
Withlacoochee
Key Actors
Florida
Slave Uprising
Army Response
National Mood
Distractions
Seminole Success
+ Deceit
+ Liberty or Death
 + Exile: 1838-1850
 + Freedom: 1850-1882
 + Legacy & Conclusion