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Massacre! Detail from an 1830s broadside
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Detail from an 1830s broadside. Library of Congress.
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Slave Uprising

In their pleas for help, Florida's leaders emphasized the terror of the Black Seminoles, "better disciplined and more intelligent than [the Indians], to whom there is a daily accession of runaway Negroes from the plantations." Calls to the southern states were calculated to strike a nerve. Lt. John Casey wrote a friend whose brother had died with Major Dade:

"We expect your Georgia volunteers ... and let them know that your brother and my best friend after fighting til the last ... was butchered by them Indian Negroes."

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Sources: Mahon 136.
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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"Massacre"
Withlacoochee
Key Actors
Florida
Slave Uprising
Army Response
National Mood
Distractions
Seminole Success
+ Deceit
+ Liberty or Death
 + Exile: 1838-1850
 + Freedom: 1850-1882
 + Legacy & Conclusion