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Holatamico, popularly known as Billy Bowlegs. The last Seminole chief of prominence to leave Florida and remove with his people to the west. He was born about 1808, and after the first Seminole removal became the recognized chief of the remnant in 1842, and was the leader of hostilities in 1855 to 1858. Although but 25 years of age, and not then a chief, he was one of the signers of the treaty of Payne’s Landing, May 9, 1832, by which the Seminole agreed to remove to Indian Territory, but it was not until May, 1858, that he and his band, numbering 164 persons, departed.

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