Rebellion December 1837     
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General (and future President) Zachary Taylor
General Zachary Taylor, daguerreotype created by Matthew Brady's studio between 1844 and 1849, just a few years after Taylor's service in the Florida war. The future president first won fame in Florida, where he earned his nickname, "Old Rough and Ready." Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-110067.
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Head chief Micanopy was safely deported, but the principal militants remained at large, and hostilities showed no sign of ending. In a final push to bring the war to a close, Jesup decided to mass the largest force so far. He placed 1,000 men under the command of Lt. Colonel Zachary Taylor. The future President had just arrived in Florida. As fate would have it, he was about to command the largest battle of the war.

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Sources: Mahon 226-31 is the principal source for the slides that follow. Sprague Origin 203-13 contains Zachary Taylor's military report on the battle.
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
+ Liberty or Death
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Noble Savages
Liberty or Death
Osceola's Death
Star of the Nation
Jesup's Proclamation
The Decision
 + Exile: 1838-1850
 + Freedom: 1850-1882
 + Legacy & Conclusion