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Rebellion 1835 to 1837     
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Coacoochee, or Wild Cat
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Coacoochee, or Wildcat. Engraving by N. Orr for Joshua Giddings' Exiles of Florida, based on Orr's previous engraving for Lt. Sprague's 1848 history. 
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Known to the whites as Wild Cat, Coacoochee was considered the leading war chief after Osceola -- and the most capable of them all, according to General Jesup. Lt. Sprague described the 28-year-old as "slight, with the activity of a deer a countenance bright, playful, and attractive." Yet he was "by far the most dangerous chieftain in the field":

"War to him was a pasttime. He became merry by the excitement . When being pursued through deep swamps, he has stood at a distance, and laughed at and ridiculed the soldiers floundering with their arms and accoutrements in mud and water."

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Sources: Sprague Origin 98, 187.
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
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Jesup's Tactics
Hostages
The Diplomat
Peace
Slaveholders
Betrayal
Escape
Rage
White Flags
+ Liberty or Death
 + Exile: 1838-1850
 + Freedom: 1850-1882
 + Legacy & Conclusion