circa 1804 - Osceola (William Powell) born near Tuskeegee, Alabama. His name was Osceola, or Asi-Yaholo, which came from asi, a drink containing caffeine, and Yaholo, a cry shouted by men who served asi during tribal ceremonies. Osceola was among many Creeks who retreated to Florida after the Creek War (1813-1814) and joined the Seminoles. During the 1820s, Osceola became known as a successful hunter and war leader. His warriors defeated U.S. troops in several battles early in the Second Seminole War. Although he was not a chief, Osceola's ability and fiery spirit made him the symbol of resistance and a key leader in the Second Seminole War.
The Seminole people are the descendants of the Creek people. The diversity of the Tribe is reflected in the fact that its members spoke seven languages- Muscogee, Hitchiti, Koasati, Alabama, Natchez, Yuchi and Shawnee.
Allegedly a participant in the First Seminole War, Osceola became a leader of the Seminoles, who refused to be moved west of the Mississippi; he initiated the Second Seminole War
Osceola's Birthplace Journey
Inspired by a passage in a book, Seminole Tribune correspondent Michael James recently went in search of history. What he found was a lesson in the often tragic way Indians were treated, and possibly, just possibly. . .The Birthplace Of Osceola.
John Horse and the Seminole Wars
This site uses 450 slides to tell the story of the Seminole Wars of Florida. This includes the story of Osceola and the connections between Native Americans and Blacks,, and how these were the beginning of the laws for American Civil Rights.