George E. Buker


The significance of the navy’s role in the Second Seminole War has often been overlooked, especially its impact upon the Seminole nation through the many naval canoe expeditions into the Everglades during the last years of the war. Yet the fact remains that these incursions caused the Seminole people to break up their their war bands and resort to small family groups to avoid the pursuing sailors and marines. Such dispersal destroyed the Indians’ ability to maintain an effective military posture against the United States forces in southern Florida. Once the navy obtained proficient guides who were knowledgeable about the Seminoles and the interior of the Everglades, the end of the conflict was not far off.