Xmas Day Seminole Victory, 1837

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On Christmas day 1837, 177 years ago, the Africans and Native Americans who formed Florida’s Seminole Nation defeated a vastly superior U.S. invading army bent on cracking this early rainbow coalition and returning the Africans to slavery. The Seminole victory stands as a milestone in the march of American liberty. Though it reads like a Hollywood thriller, this amazing story has yet to capture public attention. It is absent from most school textbooks and social studies courses, Hollywood movies, and TV. Read more in “Christmas Day Freedom Fighters: Hidden History of the Seminole Anticolonial Struggle” by William Loren Katz: http://bit.ly/1bqgtzD Painting by Jackson Walker of the Battle of Negro Fort on the Apalachicola River, 1816. Source: http://bit.ly/1JQT7rJ

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