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The Nation robbing Indian Chief Osceola his Negro Wife 1839 & The Start of The 2nd Seminole War

Did you know that the 2nd Seminole War was started over a Black woman?

Yo, yati! Gather 'round as we dive into a hidden piece of history that's as captivating as it is often overlooked. Today, we're taking a journey back in time to explore the fascinating story of Chief Osceola and the woman who played a pivotal role in igniting the flames of the Second Seminole War. In the Yamassee Gullah Geechee spirit, we're about to give you a glimpse of the past that's been hiding in plain sight.

Chief Osceola, a Seminole warrior, is a name that might ring a bell for some of you, especially if you're familiar with the history of Indigenous peoples in the Southeastern United States. But what many don't know is that at the heart of Osceola's fierce determination and his relentless fight against U.S. forces was a powerful and resilient black woman.

Before we get too deep it's important to note that the word Seminole means "Runaway." Runaway from what? Enslavement. So, to be a Seminole to the be at threat of enslavement and resist. That alone should tell you that the original Seminole nation were dark skinned indigenous American who were at risk of possible enslavement. They were/are a combination of the southeast woodland aborigines. For large portions of American history indigenous enslavement surpassed that of African enslavement. As less than 5% of the total enslaved Africans transport to the new world during the Trans Atlantic Holocaust that less than 400,000 people. The wife of Osceola was one of these people.

Her name? It's a name that deserves to be shouted from the rooftops: Polly, or "the Negro Wife of Osceola" as she's often referred to in historical accounts. Polly or Morning Dew her indigenous names was a Yamassee Gullah Geechee woman, born in the lowcountry of South Carolina. Her life's journey took her from the serene shores of the Gullah Geechee corridor to the tumultuous world of the Seminole (Runaway )Nation in Florida.

Polly was a force to be reckoned with. She possessed the wisdom, resilience, and courage that her indigenous ancestors were known for. She was fluent in multiple languages, a healer, and a formidable strategist. When she met Osceola, a charismatic Seminole leader, their destinies became intertwined, and the sparks of history were set in motion.

The Second Seminole War was more than just a clash of cultures; it was a battle for freedom and survival. Osceola, inspired by Polly, became a symbol of resistance against the encroaching forces of the United States government. Polly's influence on Osceola's decision to wage war was undeniable, and together they became a formidable team.

Their love story, like something out of a modern-day epic, transcended the boundaries of race, culture, and adversity. Polly and Osceola's bond was a testament to the strength of love and determination in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

As the Second Seminole War raged on, Polly's role as a diplomat, interpreter, and confidante to Osceola became more vital than ever. She negotiated with other tribes, sharing her wisdom and bridging gaps between the Seminoles and other Indigenous nations. Polly was instrumental in forging alliances and ensuring the Seminole's survival.

But let's not sugarcoat it; their journey was marked by hardship, loss, and sacrifice. The war was brutal, and the couple faced numerous challenges. Polly's resilience, as a Gullah Geechee woman in an unfamiliar land, was nothing short of remarkable. She epitomized the Yamassee spirit of preserving cultural identity and fighting for freedom.

In the end, the Second Seminole War took its toll on Osceola and Polly. Osceola was captured and imprisoned, and Polly's fate remains shrouded in mystery. Some say she was taken captive as well, while others believe she found her way back to the Gullah Geechee homeland.

Now, let's take a look back to the year 1839. A newspaper article from the Library of Congress reveals a piece of this puzzle, describing Polly's alleged kidnapping:

In a shocking turn of events, the widely-known and respected Polly, the Gullah Geechee woman who had been a central figure alongside Chief Osceola during the tumultuous days of the Second Seminole War, has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Reports suggest that Polly was forcibly taken from her Seminole community in the midst of chaos and conflict.

Witnesses describe a scene filled with chaos and despair as Polly was seemingly snatched away from her home, leaving the Seminole Nation in shock and disbelief. Her fate remains uncertain, and her sudden disappearance has sent shockwaves through the Seminole community.

While the details surrounding Polly's abduction are still unclear, one thing is for certain: her presence was a source of strength and inspiration for Chief Osceola and the Seminole people, and her disappearance has left a void in their hearts.

The story of Polly, the Negro Wife of Osceola, and her mysterious kidnapping is a testament to the complexities and challenges faced by individuals who found themselves at the crossroads of history. It's a piece of the Gullah Geechee heritage that deserves to be remembered and celebrated alongside the enduring spirit of resistance that marked the Second Seminole War. 🌟🌾💪



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