A biography of the American Indian leader who fought the United States government's attempts to remove the Seminoles from their homelands.
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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.