They were a ragtag confederation of Native Americans and African ex-slaves, living in a territory known as Freedom Land. But as U. S. armies approach with the intent of returning the slaves to their former owners, a battle occurs that will catapult one man into the annals of our history . . . The setting is Georgia and Florida more than fifteen years before the Civil War. Blond-haired, blue-eyed Billy Powell is the half-breed son of a respected British officer and his Creek Indian consort. And he is accused of a murder he did not commit. Fearing for his life, Billy flees south to Seminole Indian Territory and to a village where his legend waits to be born. The village is called Freedom Land. Whispered among the slaves of the South, many believe the place to be a myth, others believe it is a reason to keep hope alive. But as more than one thousand escaped slaves know, it is real indeed, and a place where freedom is a reality. All of their lives are suddenly threatened when the U.S. Army discovers their location. Marching in great numbers, American soldiers attempt to capture the escaped slaves and return them to their former owners. As the tension mounts all around them, Billy falls under the spell of the beguiling Morning Dew, the beautiful daughter of Chief Micanopy, leader of the Seminole Indians. Driven by his love for her, Billy takes up the cause of defending Freedom Land and is catapulted into history, forever to be known as Chief Osceola. Based on meticulous research in e newspapers and journals of the time, Freedom Land brings to vivid life the turbulent story of whites, blacks, and Native Americans during the period known as the Seminole Wars, and ultimately describes the betrayal by the United States military that remains an embarrassment to this day. A page-turning historical that includes Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor, and John-Horse among its key players, Freedom Land is as thought-provoking and informative as it is immensely entertaining.
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- Hardback | 352 pages
- 142.24 x 210.82 x 33.02mm | 566.99g
- 18 Jan 2003
- United States