Essay about The Plight of the Black Seminoles

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The Plight of the Black Seminoles Scattered throughout the Southwest and into Northern Mexico, descendants of the Black Seminoles and Maroons are living in this modern world today. Over one hundred years ago, the U.S. government seemed determined to systematically eliminate the Native Americans and manipulate the descendants of the Black slaves. That imperialistic attitude allowed the policies of the U.S. government to treat groups of people with less respect and concern than they treated their livestock. To understand the plight of the Black Seminoles one has to look back in history to slavery days of the Southern states, and at tribal changes of the Florida Natives. At the beginning of the eighteenth century Native Americans…show more content…
A lot of their time was spent hunting and fishing. In contrast to the Anglo-American society, Black Seminoles (and Native Americans) did not aspire to subdue or conquer nature, but to be a part of the natural world (Moquin 1). American settlers, backed by the U.S. Army, began the attempt to relocate the Native Americans in order to gain more land. The Black Seminoles resisted relocation by the land hungry American settlers because if they were to relocate, they could lose their homes, their independence, and their freedom (Mulroy 4). Resistance began. African Americans figured prominently as military allies and increasingly as members of the Seminole community. Blacks participated in the First Seminole War (1817-1818), the Second Seminole War (1835-1842)/ and the Third Seminole War (1855-1858), fighting with Seminole Indians against the United States Army (Littlefield 15). The "Trail of Tears" began in 1830. It was the forced removal of Native Americans (Black Seminoles among them) from the Southeast portion of the U.S. to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) by the Federal Government. The Indian Removal Act was passed by congress and authorized by President Jackson (Markowitz 155). After a heartless roundup of Seminole families, the deadly journey began. They were herded like cattle by the hated Bluecoats. The tribe members did not have adequate food or blankets, and many died of starvation and disease (Markowitz 214). Others

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