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Posted April 3, 2012
Not a scholarly work, but a good introduction to to the Seminole
Not a scholarly work, but a good introduction to to the Seminole Wars. Osceola was in fact murdered but made to look like an alligator hunting accident as part of a deal between the U.S. government and the Seminoles. By staging a drowning accident involving an alligator hunting trip, the U.S. government would cease its war on the Seminoles while allowing those who planned and executed the murder to gain desired status within the tribe. This was confirmed by a Mikasuki historian at the Semnole Village education site on the Tamiami Trail in Florida. I k now this because i was Osceola and i was given the memory of what happened, for at the time i did not know. Two indian warriors tippedme out of the dugout while i sat kneeling in the middle and dumped me into the water where the largest alligator i had ever seen gently, peacefully drowned me. I saw the 2 warriors nod as they caused me to tumble from the canoe. This way i know it was not an accident. I speak the truth and encourage any Seminole medicine to consult the spirits. I do not fear what the spirits will show them for i speak of a memory i was blessed to be given.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 28, 2011
Good for the young
This is a good book except for young people but not scholars. I know a lot about the Seminole chief and put forward a theory on his death. I strongly believe Osceola escaped with the other chiefs while being held prisoner and that a deal was made between the U.S. government and select Seminoles that the Seminole war would stop if these fellow Seminoles took care of Osceola for the government. The government would back off allowing the Seminoles the dignity of not surrendering and being relocated while saving face of the U.S. government by concluding that Osceola died while in captivity. On his escape, Osceola was betrayed by two indians he trusted while on a routine hunting expedition in a remote area away from the village. The indians jostled the canoe to send Osceola out into alligator infested waters where he drowned. The indians returned feigning grief and later ascended in the Seminole hierarchy, where they betrayed their chief for personal gain. This was confirmed by a Mikasuki historian at the Mikasuki indian village tourist center on the Tamiami trail. Osceola had to murdered but made to look like an accident.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.