Osceola, 1804-1838

Osceola, 1804-1838

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by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

Discusses the life of Seminole warrior Osceola, from his childhood in an Upper Creek village to his involvement in the Second Seminole War, capture, and death.


Discusses the life of Seminole warrior Osceola, from his childhood in an Upper Creek village to his involvement in the Second Seminole War, capture, and death.

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School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Each of these biographies features an attractive layout, a clear narrative, and colorful illustrations that support the texts. Osceola recounts the life of the Seminole warrior who led his people in battle against the encroaching American soldiers in the southeastern portion of the United States. Similarly, Tecumseh describes the attempts of the Shawnee leader to unite Native Americans from many tribes as one nation as a means of protecting his people's way of life in the north central region of the U.S. Both books describe these events in a sympathetic, yet neutral, tone. In general, the stories are told in a straightforward and descriptive manner with a minimum of fictionalization. Tecumseh, however, does contain a few direct quotes that are undocumented. A particular strength of each book is the information conveyed about the culture and lifestyles of the tribe through the description of the subject's childhood. Drawings and photographs, including some archival material, illustrate the texts. There have been other biographies of each of these individuals for this age group, including C. Ann Fitterer's Tecumseh: Chief of the Shawnee (Child's World, 2002), but unfortunately most of them are now out of print. Collections needing to update their holdings would do well to consider these titles.-Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Capstone Press
Publication date:
American Indian Biographies Series
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 9 Years

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.