Rebellion 1838 - 1842     
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Detail from the 1840 lithograph, "A vivouack in safety or Florida troops preventing a surprise." Depicting foppish soldiers attended by an Indian maid, the cartoon parodied Van Buren's costly prosecution of the Seminole war. Original attributed to Henry R. Robinson. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-49595.
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Osceola's Death

From Osceola's death onward, the popularity of the war plummeted. Editorials lambasted President Martin Van Buren, who had followed Jackson into office. The Whigs constantly questioned the war's escalating costs. The Army's alleged incompetence became a subject of popular ridicule, as would their pursuit of slave property, once abolitionists seized on the issue in 1842. Popular opinion had turned against the conflict, which citizens now described as a "dirty little war of aggression."

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Sources: Walton 166.
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