One of the most heroic figures in Seminole history is Osceola. His remarkable life spanned between the years 1804 to 1838. After migrating to Florida from Alabama as a child, he was part of a group that became the “Seminole” people. Osceola was a great war hero who led troops during the Second Seminole War in 1836.
In 1837, he was captured under a white flag of truce, imprisoned by the U.S. army, and ultimately died in their custody. After his death, his personal possessions were distributed among his captors, friends, and family members. Since then, many have attempted to claim they had one of Osceola’s personal effects, but only a few could be authenticated.