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Definition: Leader of the Seminole tribe, living in Florida. Andrew Jackson had defeated the Seminole in 1818, burning many of their villages. Osceola led them in a war against Americans in 1835. Among those fighting against him were Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott. The Seminole dug in and kept the Americans at bay for a long time, fighting in the swamps of the Everglades. But Osceola was eventually lured to a conference under a flag of truce. At this truce conference, American General Thomas Jesup had Osceola captured. The great Seminole leader was thrown into prison, where he died.

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