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Precarious lives: Black Seminoles and other freedom seekers in Florida before the US civil war

ByAmanda Morgan

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For a century and a half during the American slavery era, people fleeing captivity found refuge in Florida. Some gained sanctuary under the Spanish colonial government, while others joined the Seminoles in the peninsula’s interior. Members of both groups built thriving communities and gained a reputation as formidable warriors. But they came increasingly under threat from pro-slavery interests in a newly independent United States eager to extend its reach in the Americas. Of those who survived the ensuing wars, raids, and repeated forced displacements, most eventually left Florida, either for the Caribbean or for the US west and Mexico. Their experience was part of a broader history of maroons (long-term escapees from slavery) in the Americas. This book reviews some highlights of that history, and then focuses on the Florida leg of a long journey to freedom that has become an enduring part of the American legacy.

Details

Publication Date
Jun 23, 2021
Language
English
ISBN
9781387939961
Category
History
Copyright
Creative Commons NonCommercial, NoDerivatives (CC BY-NC-ND)
Contributors
By (author): Amanda Morgan

Specifications

Pages
102
Binding
Perfect Bound
Interior Color
Color
Dimensions
US Letter (8.5 x 11 in / 216 x 279 mm)

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