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The engraving is the earliest known source describing the capture of Osceola's black wife. Following publication of the engraving in 1839, the story became a staple of abolitionist literature and popular history. To this day, roadside markers and Florida travel books refer to the capture as a factual event, even though historians long ago concluded that it was probably a legend. The best that can be said is that the story could have been true, since Seminole Indian chiefs were known to marry their black and half-black allies.

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