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Rebellion March to April 1837     
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Old Slave Market, St. Augustine
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The slave market, St. Augustine. Photographed by William Henry Jackson between 1902 and 1906. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection, LC-D4-9102.
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News of the agreement outraged the slaveholders of Florida. In public meetings they vilified General Jesup. Whites believed -- or said they believed -- that every African among the Indians had a white owner. The citizens were more interested in recovering these blacks than ending the war. To them, this was the object of the war, as they expressed in meetings and petitions:

"The regaining of our slaves constitutes an object of scarcely less moment than that of the peace of the country." -- St. Augustine Florida Herald, April 27, 1837

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Sources: Giddings Exiles 144, 152, Mahon 201.
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
+ Deceit
spacer spacer General Jesup
Jesup's Tactics
Hostages
The Diplomat
Peace
Slaveholders
Betrayal
Escape
Rage
White Flags
+ Liberty or Death
 + Exile: 1838-1850
 + Freedom: 1850-1882
 + Legacy & Conclusion