erroneous. He estimates that "in all probability no more than a few dozen maroons died in the American destruction of the fort" and that official accounts exaggerated the number to assuage politicians and anxious southern slaveholders (144). The survivors, in far greater numbers than acknowledged, fled eastward through the peninsula first to the region of today's Tallahassee, then to the Suwannee River, and, ultimately, to the Angola settlement on the Manatee River. Following the latter's 1821 destruction, seemingly also on Andrew Jackson's orders, the final cohort of survivors departed for Andros Island in the Bahamas, or else into the Florida peninsular, where, a decade and a half later, they helped to ignite and fight the Second Seminole War. This book is packed with information and, accordingly, is sometimes slow and difficult reading. It also contains a limited number of minor factual errors, mostly of geography (e.g., Prospect Bluff is west, not "south," of Tallahassee ), and occasional resorts to hyperbole. None of this takes away from the fact that the book stands out as a major step forward in the historiography of Florida and the South. Canter Brown Jr. canter brown jr. is a professor of history at
The Journal of the Civil War Era – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Aug 9, 2014
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