Rebellion January - May 1836     
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Conquering the Indian, 1874 lithograph

"Conquering the Indians," a lithograph depicting the way things were supposed to happen. From Charles Richard Tuttle's 1874 History of the border wars of two centuriesLibrary of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-105529.
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Scott tried to combine European infantry tactics with the traditional U.S. approach to Indian-fighting. His method was based on careful preparation, logistics, and a massing of overwhelming force. The plan had worked in the past, but it failed utterly in Florida. The general had "drawn it upon the carpet before his comfortable fire," wrote one participant. But the Seminoles refused to follow Scott's directions. When confronted, they simply vanished into the vast, unmapped wilderness.

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Sources: Kieffer 122-23, Bemrose 88, Sprague Origin 138.
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