Causes Of The First Seminole War

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The First Seminole War happened in the years of 1817 to 1818 between the United States and the Seminoles of Florida. The first Seminole War was a punitive journey led by Andrew Jackson into the La Florida, which was a Spanish colony in 1818. Many are under the impression that the United States were responsible for the cause of the war and everything that happened in the war, when in fact both sides were responsible for the war, and both were equally to blame for the consequences of the war. The Seminoles were actually the Creeks who had escaped from being slaves in the Northern colonies. They spoke the Mikasuki language and consisted of several different Indian tribes. Their life centered around their clans and communities. The chiefs were chosen from a hereditary line from the women’s side of the family and the chief also stayed with his wife’s family. Their diet consisted of corn, beans, squash, and animals including: deer, rabbits, and wild turkey. The term Seminoles comes from the Spanish word “cimarron” which means wild men. They were allies of both the British and the Spanish and occupied lands that be accessible to unfriendly European empires. The …show more content…
When all the men from Gaines army went to the Apalachicola River to receive the shipment of supplies, the Indians were waiting for them at the head of the river. Gaines’s army had merely twenty healthy men, whereas the rest of his army was nutrient deprived and was staying at Fort Scott. The Indians killed all the healthy army men in the boat and only one survived, a women named Elizabeth Stewart, who was then taken in as a prisoner, and only six of the fifty soldiers found their way back to Fort Scott. Small acts of aggression continued between the two parties over time and kept multiplying. The only difference was that the United States owned up to their aggression whereas the Seminoles said they “were driven to it” as their

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