The Seminoles of Florida by James W. Covington (review)

The Seminoles of Florida by James W. Covington (University Press of Florida, 1993)

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The Seminoles of Florida by James W. Covington (review)

by Patricia B. Lerch
Southern Cultures, Vol. 1, No. 3: Spring 1995

University Press of Florida, 1993

The Seminoles of Florida is a study of survival. Covington provides an extensive account of the transformation of the Creek Indians into SeminĂ³les from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. The topic fascinates because he gives insight into the amazing human ability to persist against overwhelming force and odds. The author convincingly demonstrates that although the Seminoles have assimilated, they remain Seminole. Covington tells a story of struggle, resistance, and adaptation that may provide a guide to tribal peoples who are still daily challenged and threatened by the encroachment of “civilization.”