Today, January 28, 2017 marks the day of the very first full-scale re-enactment of the Battle of the Loxahatchee. In Jupiter on the battlefield today, re-enactors showed visitors what the battle might’ve been like when it took place on January 24, 1838.
General Jesup marched his troops of militia men and volunteers to Jupiter. It is important to note that during the Second Seminole War, almost 40,000 troops fought and were sent in and out of Florida. Meanwhile, the Seminoles had just 1,500 people to fight off the invading troops, and perhaps 600 blacks fighting alongside them, if that.
Out of the three Seminole Wars, the second was the bloodiest and longest war, and it was extremely expensive as well as unpopular with American citizens. Because of the similarities and cost, the Second Seminole War has been compared to the Vietnam War in the past.
Did you know?
Thomas Jefferson started Indian Removal, putting policies into place that set the stage for what was to come in the 1830s.
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