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Posted July 26, 2012
One of the very best books i have read on Osceola!
Well researched and highly readable. However, the death of Osceola has been shrouded in mystery to scholars. Osceola really died at the hands of his own tribe members, who made a deal with the U.S. government to kill Osceola in return for a rapid decline in U.S. actions and eventual fizzling out of the Seminole War. Osceola was taken on a hunting trip deep into the Everglades where he was deliberately shaken out of his canoe which was manned by 2 indians 5-10 years younger who staged the accident which was really a murder. Osceola was toppled into the water, killed one alligator with his knife and was drowned by another massive alligator. He was too popular to be murdered outright and accidents did happen so his death by accident would be believable. This allowed the U.S. govt to save face by backing off and allow the remaining Seminoles to retain bragging rights and dignity. The orchestrators of his death may have served 2 purposes: 1) end the war, and 2) gain personal power.
Osceola had been broken out of imprisonment and his subsequent murder planned out between U.S. authorities and his Seminole peers.
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