The Indian Removal Act and its Role in the Second Seminole War

The Indian Removal Act of 1830 was an example of too much power in the executive branch of the US government. While the act didn't go through congress, President Andrew Jackson would see that it did. Not only was this act forced, but the removal of indians was forced. Many tribes were relocated west of the Mississippi to new land, far away from where they had settled. At times, the land was not suitable for the conditions needed for the tribes to survive. This act lead to what is known as the Trail of Tears, many deaths, and two of the three Seminole Wars.

While many tribes gave in to removal, having no way to fight, the Seminole Tribe of Florida resisted, again and again. The purpose of this exhibit is to show how the Second Seminole War, and subsequently the Third Seminole War, were direct results of the Indian Removal Act. These wars were over land that had already been claimed by the Seminole Indians, and rightfully so. Due to the American idea of Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny, the Seminoles, and other tribes, were stripped of their homelands, and some stripped of their lives.