King Payne and His Policies

James Cusick

in America's Hundred Years' War

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780813035253
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039121 | DOI:
King Payne and His Policies

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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

Chapter.  6083 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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