Rebellion October 27, 1837     
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Fort Marion, or el Castillo de San Marcos
Bastions of Fort Marion, also known as el Castillo de San Marcos. Photographed between 1861-65 by Samuel A. Cooley. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-B8171-3586 DLC.
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The captives were led into El Castillo de San Marcos, the impregnable fort that had protected the city since the days of the Spanish. The fort's thick coquina walls were designed to absorb the cannon fire of British ships. High bastions flanked each corner of the structure, giving guards a clear view of the open surroundings. For added security, a moat surrounded the perimeter. The U.S. had just completed extensive repairs, renaming the building Fort Marion. With its high walls, isolated gun turrets, and exposed location, the structure was considered inescapable.

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Sources: Mahon 224, Porter "Seminole Flight."
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
+ Liberty or Death
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Noble Savages
Liberty or Death
Osceola's Death
Star of the Nation
Jesup's Proclamation
The Decision
 + Exile: 1838-1850
 + Freedom: 1850-1882
 + Legacy & Conclusion