America's Hundred Years' WarU.S. Expansion to the Gulf Coast and the Fate of the Seminole,
17631858

America's Hundred Years' WarU.S. Expansion to the Gulf Coast and the Fate of the Seminole, 17631858

William S. Belko

Print publication date: 2011

ISBN: 9780813035253

Publisher: University Press of Florida

Abstract

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, this book argues 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 chapters 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.