This passage was written by an 8th grader and the information is based off the novel "A Land Remembered"
In the 1800’s, Florida was a swampland with little amount of settlers. People started developing Florida in the late 1800’s and the early 1900’s. Swamps were drained, railroads were built, trees were cut down, and no one could simply walk on any old piece of land. Florida had become a heavily populated and highly developed land. Amongst all the hustle and bustle of new settlers and construction workers, the Seminole Tribe watched silently as trees were destroyed, animals were killed, and their homeland was finally ruined.
During this point in history, the Seminoles were denied even the simplest of rights, such as owning a wild cow. Seminole men, women, and even boys were killed for being near a cow. This is why they preferred to stay away from most people in Florida. At one point, it was against the law for any Native American to be in Florida. The foolishness of this subject is amazing, considering the fact that these lands were the Native American’s home and their native land, hence the word, Native American. Many people simply did not care or thought them to be savages and thieves. Some, however, did take an interest. Once one gets to know a Seminole, they realize that they are not at all savages and actually decent people. Their memory is outstanding and their culture is fascinating. The Seminole Native Americans always remember someone who has helped them in any way and will always pay their debts. It is the Seminole custom for the guest, no matter what race, to take the first bite of food. While eating, a Native American woman does not sit beside her man. Finally, a Native American woman does not cry at parting. All these little traits of their culture should make it obvious that Native Americans are human beings, too. Though it is now recognized today, it was hard for settlers to recognize the fact back then.
Even though it is true that the Seminoles had to witness the destruction of their homeland, today there are Native American reserves for those who wish to keep their culture. Since history cannot be changed, these reserves serve as a great purpose to repay what had been destroyed. The hatred shown towards the Native Americans exists no more.