A history of the Seminole Indian War up to 1842

"The contest, which has been going on in Florida during the last six years, has naturally attracted much attention. It is, indeed, a most remarkable war, and will hereafter be regarded as one of the most succesful struggles which history exhibits, of a barbarous, weak, and almost destitute people, with a civilized, strong, and abundantly provided nation. The public has been in a constant state of surprise at its continuance, having been led, season after season, to anticipate its succesful conclusion, without being able to account for the disappointment that has as often ensued. The insignificance of the enemy, and the ample means provided to subdue him, have alone been generally within the common view; while the peculiar character of the country, and the admirable adroitness with which the Indians avail themselves of it, have been little comprehended or regarded. Nor have this impatience and misapprehension been confined to the public mind. The government has fully shared in them, having often evinced, by its orders and measures a confidence of expectation which experience has not warranted."

The link to the article in the January 1842 issue of North American Review, pg 1-34


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