Rebellion January - February 1836     
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Soldiers in Camp, Picolata, Florida
"Soldiers in Camp, Picolata, Florida." Hand-colored lithograph, from Gray & James' 1837 series on the Florida war. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-16928.
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Congress was ready to help, but in 1835, the U.S. military was surprisingly unprepared to meet the allied Seminole force. Americans had always been wary of maintaining a standing army. As a result, despite a national population of 15 million, the Army numbered less than 12,000 regulars -- a small fraction of the population even by the standards of the time. And these men were spread thin across the republic.

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Sources: Sprague Origin 94, Mahon 116.
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