On October 12 (Columbus Day), 1841, Wildcat stood on the quarter deck of the U.S. Saratoga as it pulled away from Tampa Bay and began steerage West to Indian Territory via New Orleans. As he stared at the coast of Florida, he commented to the Colonel William Jenkins Worth, Commanding Officer in Florida, who had come aboard to bid him a fond farewell, "I am looking at the last pine tree of my native land. And now, leaving Florida for ever, I can say that I have never done anything to disgrace it. It was my home. I loved it, and to leave it now is like burying my wife and child." Wildcat the son of Philip, and the Seminole most responsible for continuing the War after the capture and death of Osceola, was gone from Florida. He would die in Mexico sixteen years later at the age of 49.
The War drug on. During the last 4 years of the War since Jesup left (1838) there were no large battles, just skirmishes and raids. But the Seminoles could and did still strike with impunity throughout Florida from Tallahassee to the Florida Keys.
Having lasted through the terms of four U.S. Presidents (Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, and John Tyler) the Second Seminole War (the Florida War) was declared over on August 14, 1842 by Colonel William Jenkins Worth on orders from the Secretary of War. The remaining Seminoles in South Florida were given a 2 million acre hunting and farming reserve south of Lake Istokpoga.
For 13 years Florida was fundamentally free of guerilla war with the exception of skirmishes and raids by rouge Indian youths and Settlers pushing into the fringes of the remaining Seminole domain. Finally in December 1855 a full scale war known as the Third Seminole War (1855 - 58) broke out. It was crushed by Regular and Militia Forces and paved the way for unrestrained development of Southwest Florida.
By 1860, 95% of the Seminoles had been killed or shipped West. They were now an 'endangered people of Florida' being reduced in number to around 200. For the next 75 years, they were rarely seen outside of trading posts on the edges of the Everglades. But they held themselves together under influential chiefs, medicine men, and elders. By the Vietnam War (1965 - 73), Seminoles were fighting again but this time as Commissioned Officers and enlisted soldiers in the U.S. Army. They were once again fighting for their Country.