The Gullah War

The descendants of the slaves have fought or taken part in many American wars from the Revolution to the wars in the Middle East. But did you know the Israelites fought a war right here on American soil? It’s called the Gullah War. The Gentiles named it the Seminole Wars. It is the same war. I remember reading about the Seminole Wars in American History in high school. They always made it seem like a Native American war against the colonists or vice versa. During this time, Florida was owned by Spain. Geechee-Gullah slaves from South Carolina and Georgia would run to Florida for freedom and Spain and the Native Americans helped them. This is the reason for the war. The rich plantation owners wanted their slaves back. It makes sense doesn’t it y’all because after all, plantation owners did secede from the union and go to war over slavery (even though they claim that was not the only reason, states rights or something or other). I beg to differ, slavery made the plantation owners filthy rich.

The Gullah War lasted approximately from 1739-1858. Some historians believe it started even sooner than 1739 but they credit the Stono Rebellion of 1739 as the start of the war. I acquired the information about the Gullah War from this book I’m reading called The legacy of Ibo Landing: Gullah Roots of African-American Culture by Marquetta L. Goodwine circa 1998. I haven’t finished reading the Gullah War chapter and I don’t want to spoil the book for you.  But I will tell you the subtitles to the Gullah War chapter. They include: The Stono Rebellion 1739, Battles with the state militia 1736-1812, The Battle at Horseshoe Bend 1814, The Battle of Negro Fort 1816, The Battle of Suwanee 1818, The Denmark Vesey Conspiracy 1822, The second period of the Gullah war, Victory over the Fort King Relief (the Dade Massacre) 1835, The Battles of the Withlacoochee River 1835, and  The Battle of Lake Okeechobee. The author wonders why they suppressed that this was a war chiefly based on the Gullah people of the low-country. I’m a history nut buff, I can’t wait to read this book. The other chapters in her book deal with the culture of the Gullah people.

Update 11-18-2015: The word Seminole, Seminolie, Simalooni or Simanooli is a Spanish word (or Spanish slang) that means runaway or maroon this was in reference to the (Geechie-Gullah) Israylites. Like the Cherokee nation, the Creek Native Americans of Georgia owned slaves, about 86 slaves. But, I have not read so far where the Creek Muscogee Indians of Florida owned any slaves. I have only read so far that the Creek Muscogee of Florida were allies of the runaway slaves. Although, I did read that they did not live among each other. The runaway slaves (or Seminoles) and the Creek Indians of Florida lived in separate communities.

I read that when the slaves came into Spanish Florida, in order for them to be given freedom, the Spanish made them become Catholic! So these Israylites were in a catch 22, switching the witch for the devil…the same thing. What’s interesting is that you don’t read about having to become apart of some religion from the Israylites who fled to British and French Canada, well at least so far I haven’t read that. Isn’t it also interesting that the Gentiles caused a war to get the slaves back from Florida yet they did not go to war against Canada for the slaves. But they did send slave catchers as far as New York to retrieve slaves (as we read in 12 years a slave and incidents of a slave girl) but I have not heard of any stories of them going into Canada to retrieve slaves. What stopped them? Did Yah stop them? Did the Israylites that fled north keep the laws of Yah?

 

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