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Thesis The Seminole Wars were unnecessary wars fought during the eighteen hundreds The American government was strongly against the Native Americans It was said that the Government had taken their actions a step further with the Seminole Indians of Florida McGill 1 November of 1817 Andrew Jackson began his campaign against Spanish Forts as well as Seminole villages in Florida In retaliation Seminole Indians began to fight back starting the first Seminole War followed by the second the third and the Trail Of Tears The Seminole Tribe consisted of the Creek Apache and Black Slaves who ran away from the south McGill 1 The Seminoles leader was Osceola The Seminoles were not fond of the whites especially those trying to make and enforce laws to take their land The development of the Southern States disrupted the boundaries of all native American groups in the region wwwfloridahistoryorg In the mid- 1700s Creeks predominately of the Hitchiti- speaking Oconee tribe left Western Georgia and moved southward to the Gainesville prairies Perhaps they were adventurous young Indians since Seminole means runaway or wild These small bands of Indians found Spanish Florida a save refuge from the onslaught of white settlements wwwfloridahistoryorg Esposito 2 The First Seminole War began in 1817 It was started because of the attack on the Negro Fort Jacksons Army won by May of 1818 Then Spain and the United Sates giving the United Sates possession of Florida signed the Adams Onis Treaty in 1819 When Florida became a Territory in 1821 the first governor Andy Jackson considered some 7000 Seminoles in Florida a major handicap in the development of Florida This caused even more controversy and the Second Seminole War began wwwfloridahistoryorg 1 The government was attempting to force many tribes across the Mississippi River some Seminoles still had the desire to fight for their land A minority of Seminoles signed United States Treaties and surrendered McGill 2 The
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