Mark F. Boyd


Of the numerous Indian leaders who have attracted the attention, the interest, or the sympathy of the people of the whole United States, albeit they never derived any practical advantage therefrom, the notoriety attained by the Seminole leader known as Powell or Osceola, probably drew to that individual more attention than has been given to any other Indian before or since. This fame arose from his resolute opposition to enforced emigration from Florida. His motives were regarded as patriotic, and real or fancied romantic episodes of his career have become a part of our folk-lore. Although seizure and deportation thwarted him, a handful of his people, imbued with his determination, succeeded in attaining their common objective.