Rebellion November 1836     
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Osceola by Rice and Clark
Osceola. Hand-colored lithograph published by Rice & Clark circa 1842, in the McKenney & Hall portfolio of famous Native Americans. The unknown artist made just enough changes from earlier illustrations to avoid copyright infringement. He does not appear to have been familiar with Florida, as evidenced by the Plains-style teepees in the background.
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So far, Osceola's military leadership had been a success. Despite U.S. claims of minor victory, the Seminoles had won every major engagement. Over the summer, Osceola even took up residence at Duncan Clinch's plantation, "Fort Drane," which the general had been forced to abandon. The chief's prediction from the outset of the war now sounded prophetic:

"I will make the white man red with blood; and then blacken him in the sun and rain, where the wolf shall smell of his bones and the buzzard live upon his flesh."

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Sources: Giddings 129, Sprague Origin 86.
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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Key Actors
Slave Uprising
Army Response
National Mood
Seminole Success
+ Deceit
+ Liberty or Death
 + Exile: 1838-1850
 + Freedom: 1850-1882
 + Legacy & Conclusion