Osceola’s Imprisonment

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Osceola is probably the best known leader of the Seminoles.  He was not born a chief in 1804 (his father was an Englishman).  But his natural leadership abilities put him at the front of Seminole efforts to avoid relocation to Oklahoma.

The only way U.S. officials could stop him—trickery.  Osceola came to peace talks in September 1837, only to be knocked out and imprisoned.  The terrible jail conditions made poor health even worse.  Osceola died from what was believed to be complications from tonsillitis in 1838 and was buried at Fort Moultrie.

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