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Even after he defied orders not to invade Florida in pursuit of the Seminole peoples, his success made him a national hero. THE WAR’S AFTERMATH The First Seminole War did little to soothe the tensions between the United States and the Seminole. It also did little to stop ­African-American slaves from finding refuge in Florida. indd 41 9/14/10 10:40 AM 42 THE SEMINOLE result, ­hostilities between the Seminole and their white neighbors continued almost immediately after the war technically ended.

Thus they enjoy a superabundance of the necessaries and conveniences of life, with the security of person and property, the two great concerns of mankind. The hide of deer, bears, tigers and wolves, together with honey, wax and other productions of the country, purchase their clothing, equipage, and domestic utensils from the whites. They seem to be free from want or desires. No cruel enemy to dread; nothing to give them disquietude, but the gradual encroachments of the white people. Thus contented and undisturbed, they appear as blithe and free as the birds of the air, and like them as volatile and active, tuneful and vociferous.

The Creek who had embraced some of the changes saw these actions and took flight. In the summer of 1813, many of these friendly Creek had found safety in the Alabama home of Samuel Mims, a wealthy white man who had married a Creek woman and helped Hawkins’s civilization plan. On August 30 of that year, the Red Stick attacked Mims’s home and the hastily erected fort on his land, freed most of the slaves, and killed about 250 of the residents inside the fort. They also took about 100 captives. Only a handful of the inhabitants who were left behind survived.

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