In the early summer of 1825 the group of Seminoles relegated to the Big Swamp area of central Florida by the treaty of Moultrie Creek, signed two years before, were subjected to a drought so severe that nearly their whole crop was destroyed. Forced to subsist upon game, the Indians obtained permission from Major Gad Humphreys, their agent at the post that later became known as Fort King, to send hunting parties beyond the boundaries of their reservation to the north. While the incursion of Indian hunters into territories belonging legally to white settlers was absolutely necessary for the survival of the Seminoles and was approved officially by an agent of the Government, the whites greeted these parties with increasing alarm.
Eby, Jr., Cecil D.
"Memoir of a West Pointer in Florida: 1825,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 41:
2, Article 7.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol41/iss2/7