Rebellion December 23-28, 1835     
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Detail of soldiers at Fort Brooke, circa 1835
Detail from a lithograph of American soldiers at Fort Brooke, from which the Dade expedition set out on December 23, 1835. The complete hand-colored lithograph, "Tampa Bay on the Gulf of Mexico," appeared in Gray & James' 1837 series depicting events in the Florida war. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZC4-4422.
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At almost the same time, 100 miles away, a large band of warriors prepared for the third and most dramatic phase of attack. 

Five days earlier, 108 US soldiers had left Fort Brooke under the command of Major Francis L. Dade. Striking out for Fort King, the soldiers marched along the only road, a sandy track through pinewoods and savannah. A local slave, Louis Pacheco, served as their guide. To the end of his life, Pacheco denied complicity in the events that followed.

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Sources: Laumer Massacre and Dade, Mahon 104-6, Wright Creeks 256, Porter "Louis Pacheco." Laumer's two books are the most comprehensive source for the incidents covered in the next five slides.
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