America's Hundred Years' War: U.S. Expansion to the Gulf Coast and the Fate of the Seminole, 1763¿1858

America's Hundred Years' War: U.S. Expansion to the Gulf Coast and the Fate of the Seminole, 1763¿1858

by William S. Belko


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"These essays explore the context and meaning of the three Seminole Wars in a way that illustrates how the conflicts intersected the mainstream of American history. America's longest wars truly impacted the country's national development."--Gene Allen Smith, coeditor of Nexus of Empire: Negotiating Loyalty and Identity in the Revolutionary Borderlands, 1760s-1820s
"This book makes several important contributions to the history and ethnohistory of the Seminole Wars. This may be the first time a book has placed the wars with the Seminoles in such detailed American political context."--Gregory A. Waselkov, author of A Conquering Spirit: Fort Mims and the Redstick War of 1813-1814
Conventional history narratives tell us that in the early years of the Republic, the United States fought three wars against the Seminole Indians and two against the Creeks. However, William Belko and the contributors to America's Hundred Years' War argue that we would do better to view these events as moments of heightened military aggression punctuating a much longer period of conflict in the Gulf Coast region.

Featuring essays on topics ranging from international diplomacy to Seminole military strategy, the volume urges us to reconsider the reasons for and impact of early U.S. territorial expansion. It highlights the actions and motivations of Indians and African Americans during the period and establishes the groundwork for research that is more balanced and looks beyond the hopes and dreams of whites.

America's Hundred Years' War offers more than a chronicle of the politics and economics of international rivalry. It provides a narrative of humanity and inhumanity, arrogance and misunderstanding, and outright bloodshed between vanquisher and vanquished as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813061757
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication date: 07/15/2015
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

William S. Belko is assistant professor of history at the University of West Florida and the author of The Invincible Duff Green: Whig of the West.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Introduction William S. Belko 1

1 So in Fear of Both the Indians and the Americans Susan Richbourg Parker 25

2 King Payne and His Policies: A Framework for Understanding the Diplomacy of the Seminoles of La Chua, 1784-1812 James Cusick 41

3 Epilogue to the War of 1812: The Monroe Administration, American Anglophobia, and the First Seminole War William S. Belko 54

4 Mr. Rhea's Missing Letter and the First Seminole War David S. Heidler Jeanne T. Heidler 103

5 Strategy, Operations, and Tactics in the Second Seminole War, 1835-1842 Joe Knetsch 128

6 Seminole Strategy, 1812-1858: A Prospectus for Further Research Samuel Watson 155

7 "It is a negro, not an Indian war": Southampton, St. Domingo, and the Second Seminole War Matthew Clavin 181

8 South Carolina Volunteers in the Second Seminole War: A Nullifier Debacle as Prelude to the Palmetto State Gubernatorial Election of 1836 James M. Denham Canter Brown Jr. 209

9 Forgotten Struggle: The Second Creek War in West Florida, 1837-1854 Brian Rucker 237

For Further Reading 261

List of Contributors 267

Index 271

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