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The Seminole Wars: America's Longest Indian Conflict (Florida History and Culture) Hardcover – May 28, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0813027159 ISBN-10: 0813027152 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Florida History and Culture
  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (May 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813027152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813027159
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...an excellent, enjoyable, and well-informed read." -- Southern Historian, 2005

"...the first synthesis of the three wars fought between the Seminole Indians and the United States." -- Journal of Military History, April 2005

"A vivid picture of the Seminole Wars as a protracted local struggle for Florida." -- The Journal of Southern History, August, 2005

"The authors have approached these wars in a refreshingly different manner, avoiding the limitations of a military history." -- Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, July 4, 2004

An excellent job of placing the entire conflict in the context of larger events. -- Journal of Southern History

The authors have done a commendable job. -- Journal of Army History, Winter 05-06, V. II, N. 3

The best introduction to its topic in print. -- Florida Historical Quarterly, Summer 2005

This easily read book, with helpful maps and figures, is primarily a good synthesis of the Second Seminole War -- Historian, Dec 2005

This well-written history won't be the last word on one of America's darkest eras. -- American Archaeology Vol. 8, #3 Fall 2004

About the Author

John and Mary Lou Missall serve on the board of directors of the Seminole Wars Historic Foundation, Inc. They are editing the letters and journals of Seminole War leader Colonel William S. Foster. They also serve as consultants and researchers for an upcoming documentary on the Seminole Wars.

Customer Reviews

This book really should have been published by a local trade company and not the UF Press.
O. Pflug
For someone who knew ziltch about the Seminole wars, this book is not only a great primer but may be the best that includes all three wars.
John R. Beaman Jr.
This is a good, introductory book on the conflict which has inspired numerous follow-ons in the subject.
Roger Kennedy

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
There were actually three wars between armed forces of the United States government and the Seminole Indian tribes of Florida. The first was led by General Andrew Jackson in 1817 and was a facet of the attempt by Americans to acquire Florida from Spain by force of arms. The second of the Seminole Wars raged over seven years and resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 soldiers and the forced removal of more than 3,000 Seminole Indians from Florida -- along the deaths of hundreds (perhaps thousands - the true number is unknown) of others. The third and last of the Seminole Indian Wars took place in 1858 when the country was on the eve of the Civil War and was an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to remove the final remnants of the Seminole Nations from their homes and hunting grounds within in the Florida Everglades. In The Seminole Wars: America's Longest Indian Conflict, historians John and May Lou (they serve on the board of directors of the Seminole Wars Historic Foundation) draw upon diaries, military reports, and archival newspapers to reveal new aspects and impacts of the Seminole Wars upon the relationships between the three conflicts, the pre-Civil War issues of slavery, as well as the then prevalent attitudes toward Native Americans, and the political/military attempts to establish national security. The Seminole Wars is an impressively informative contribution and a welcome addition to 19th Century American History Studies and Native American Studies reading lists and library reference collections.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roger Kennedy VINE VOICE on March 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Seminole Wars in Florida are probably the least known of all America's Indian conflicts. They certainly shaped modern day Florida, and were not insignificant in their influence on the development of the nation as a whole. The three Seminole conflicts are discussed in nice detail by this husband and wife team. What becomes apparent is how difficult it was for the US Army to penetrate the Florida wilds in order to get at the Seminoles. The terrain was as much a problem as the Indians almost. Still, with the likes of Oceola and others the Seminoles certainly had their fare share of legendary leaders. So did the US for that matter. Andrew Jackson, Winfield Scott and others of lesser fame would take part.

Jackson was largely responsible for creating the Seminole problem after his defeat of the Creeks and Red Sticks at the The Horseshow bend during the War of 1812. He then went on to try and grab the whole Florida territory from under the noses of the Spanish in what would become typical US policy to provoke foreign powers into forfeiting lands the US coveted. Similier techniques would be employed against Mexico and to a lesser extent against British North America where in the latter case it failed miserably.

Though a relatively short book, the narrative tends to be long on the build-up to events. This is understandable because the Seminole Wars like all the Indian conflicts were not conventional fights. The Florida conflict resembled a guerrilla war and represented one of the first that the small US Army had to deal with. Lessons had to be learned the hard way, and there is much to learn even for today in which the US finds itself in somewhat similier circumstances.

For the first time the US Navy and even Marines worked in combined fashion due to the extreme terrain.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By O. Pflug on November 20, 2008
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My assigning of three stars is more a reflection on the publisher than on the work of the authors. The writer admitted she entered into her master's work with little knowledge of the Seminole and the wars of Florida; while the text is solid, the book is basically a fine student's paper and not really a scholarly outline of the Seminole wars. Too much social commentary and less analysis than should be found. This book really should have been published by a local trade company and not the UF Press. A good book for a casual history reader or a advanced history high school student, but a little less than what I was looking for.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roy K. Farber on March 20, 2013
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This is truly a scholarly work. It is not revisionist history, is definitely not light reading, and analyzes the quasi-significant, including the machinations of the movers & shakers, in far too much detail, all while flying past the respective cultures of the various native peoples and their bitter adversaries. And so, one star is given for this warning, while the content, to a true scholar of the Seminole Wars, would be 6.
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One review critiques this book as not quite scholarly. Personally I'm quite satisfied with how it presents the topic, and especially how it covers the entire period of all three Seminole wars and the periods in between, seamlessly. I read a lot of 18th and 19th century history and I consider it to hold its own with some others I read about the related Creek Wars that were written by university faculty. Now if PBS or somebody would do a through and high quality documentary about these wars.
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