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Very short, also. I'll have to read the other 2 in the trilogy. Makes you wonder Jan 10, Melinda rated it it was amazing. I'm reading it for the third time. Oct 20, Connie rated it liked it. This book had really fun characters and I loved the descriptions of the back country life, but the story line was seriously lacking. Dec 09, Katie rated it really liked it. Short, funny, charming, endearing characters, loved it!!

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All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. Naturally, Washington officials were prepared to sell parcels of the newly acquired land. Once the territorial government was organized, Congress did pass measures allowing the sale of Florida acreage.

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This allowed investors with sufficient capital to acquire large tracts, set up plantation-type operations, and begin agricultural production normally based on slave labor. The territory saw this type of development primarily along its northern tier. Congressional acts also addressed the complex difficulties of sorting out which Spanish land grants were genuine, under the terms of the Adams-Onis Treaty, from those which were spurious. This task absorbed a huge amount of both executive and judicial work during the territorial period and even thereafter.

Throughout the territory, two issues were of fundamental importance: access to land or validation of existing deeds and removal of the Seminole Indians. Spain ceded nearly 40 million acres of land, much of it uninhabited and a potential bonanza to speculators and settlers. The absence of land records for West Florida complicated transmittal of deeds.. Augustine to adjudicate the claims. In , unsettled Spanish land grant claims were assigned to the receiver of the Land Office and later to the federal courts.

Congress also passed a Donation Act in to permit squatters to acquire valid titles to a maximum of acres.

Supreme Court in the Perchemen case referred to earlier; and 2 it indicates Congressional action to encourage settlement in Florida by persons who were neither wealthy nor capable of establishing large-scale agricultural enterprises. Most likely, the Congressional drafters of the legislation wanted to create an avenue for small farmers to stay in Florida, building a strong presence of settlers on the ground in the tradition of the former English colonies to the north.

A thorough search of the literature reveals little about the actual effects of the Donation Act of , in terms of either the number of settlers who used it, or the total amount of land distributed under it. At the early stage of the territorial period when it was in effect, the presence of hostile Seminoles in Florida no doubt had a considerable influence on the attitudes of settlers.

For example, one historical reference discusses comments attributed to Territorial Governor William P. DuVal as follows:. After some investigation, he seems to have come to the realization that the lands presently occupied by the Seminoles were also the only good lands in the territory. Giving the Indians the best part of Florida was out of the question.

Thus, we come to the root of the problem. The United States was in legal, if not physical, possession of millions of acres of Florida land; a territorial government had been organized, but further development was jeopardized by potential hostilities from the Seminoles who occupied or used much of the most desirable land.


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The Seminoles, of course, cared little about the niceties of legal title to land from Spain or in Washington. They correctly deduced that further intrusion by Anglo settlers into Florida threatened their means of livelihood, and indeed, their very existence. Although more trouble and fighting awaited in the future, the balance of the s and the first half of the s saw considerable efforts to avoid open warfare with the Seminoles.

These events were succinctly explained by one historian, who discussed an treaty negotiated by territorial and federal representatives with Seminole leaders:. Over Indians attended the treaty negotiations at Moultrie Creek, five miles south of St. Augustine, where the chiefs agreed to remove their people to a protected reservation of 4 million acres north of Charlotte Harbor and south of Ocala but not within twenty miles of either coast. In the years immediately following, the treaty proved unsatisfactory to both Indians and whites.

The chiefs complained that the designated lands were too small to support their peoples; the whites, lusting after the rich interior farmlands, proposed a policy of general Indian removal to the trans-Mississippi West. The federal government made plans for Indian removal within three years, but a number of Seminole chiefs rejected the treaty.

On the same day Indians ambushed Major Francis L. Dade and two companies of soldiers, of whom only three survived, near Bushnell. For nearly seven years, in a guerrilla campaign unlike any that the U. Army had fought before, the Seminoles resisted a massive military effort to drive them from their homes. Grant Foreman, the famed historian of Indian removal, wrote that the blackest chapter in our dealings with the Indians was the one relating to the removal of Seminoles from Florida..

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Since it was most obvious that they were unable to conquer the Seminoles in combat, several commanders resorted to tactics in the field which could hardly be called honorable. Some Seminoles were captured under the so-called protection of a flag of truce. Other captives were threatened by hanging or by the death of their children if they did not urge their friends in the field to surrender. Although similar things happened in most wars, the Seminoles soon learned to distrust the word of the white man.

During the conflict some three thousand Seminoles were removed from Florida by various means, but since the Indians had no overall commander who could order a general surrender, the war continued on a piece-meal basis. The cost soared to a figure between thirty and forty million dollars, and the death rate to nearly fifteen hundred men.

The troops were needed for action against other Indians and the Mexicans. It was necessary to call the war to an end with the goal of complete Seminole removal still unattained.