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

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813035253

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813035253.001.0001

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King Payne and His Policies

King Payne and His Policies

A Framework for Understanding the Diplomacy of the Seminoles of La Chua, 1784–1812

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America's Hundred Years' War

James Cusick

University Press of Florida

This chapter corroborates the need to rethink the traditional periodization that had long defined conflict between the United States and the Seminole. It examines the reaction of the Seminole to the events unfolding in post-1783 Florida, as the Florida Indians attempted to remain neutral while the Georgians, Creeks, and Spanish clashed around them. From 1783 to 1812, the Seminole found themselves unwillingly entangled in these conflicts and steadily drawn into the geopolitical forces and alignments consuming the region of East Florida. The onset of war in 1812 between the United States and Great Britain changed everything, and the course of U.S.-Seminole relations entered an entirely new phase, one dominated by outright warfare accompanied by aggressive American territorial acquisition, and one in which the Seminole could not withstand.

Keywords:   geopolitical alignment, Seminole, territorial acquisition, Florida Indians, Great Britain, warfare

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