The Great Chiefs

(ahs ee oh luh)
1804 - 1838


Osceola, a Creek, was born in what is now eastern Alabama. He joined the Seminole tribe during the Second Seminole War from 1835 -1842.

The Seminoles were fighting against the United States army in their attempt to move the Seminoles from their homeland. During the earliest part of the Second Seminole War, Osceola and his warriors defeated the United States troops in several battles.

In1837, Osceola met under a flag of truce to discuss peace but General Jesup had him imprisoned instead. Osceola died soon afterward.

Many people were outraged by General Jesup's actions and the army's reputation fell as a result.


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