The Second Seminole War, 1835-1842: It Could Only Happen in Florida

  • 2012

The Second Seminole War, 1835-1842: It Could Only Happen in Florida

Author:
Caleb Brotherton
Abstract:

Throughout the 1820s and 1830s, a unique combination of political issues, events, and circumstances coalesced in territorial Florida, culminating in the Second Seminole war (1835-1842).

In Florida, slavery and the “Indian Question” that led to Indian removal, international politics and United States security, and US territorial expansion all led to a war in a geographical area that made conventional warfare impossible, and resulted in the longest and costliest war that the United States fought against American Indians. Although the many issues facing territorial Floridians and the US government existed throughout the country, only in Florida did the assorted issues converge in one place at the same time.