These images depict the largest of the battles during the Second Seminole War. During this battle, the most extensive and expensive, waged by the military during all of the Indian Campaigns. Numbering over 30,000 soldiers and volunteers against barely 3,000 Seminoles, freed slaves and outcasts from society, including their women and children, the army suceeded only in driving them further into the swamps of The Florida Everglades where, in spite of massive removals to Oklahoma, their descendants still live.
The richest and most powerful Indian Nation in the United States, they have made their money primarily through casinos, tourism and shrewd business use of their land.
I find these events to be inspiring and educational both from a historic and a photographic point of view. The actors at these events are volunteers, often driving across the country to participate in the event because of a love of history or a personal connection.
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