Osceola became the country's most famous Seminole warrior, but in an interesting twist, he was also the Indian most strongly allied to the Black Seminoles. Lacking hereditary claims to leadership, he drew most of his immediate followers from the Mikasukis and the maroons. On two occasions when U.S. forces encountered his band, it consisted overwhelmingly of blacks. Drawing power and prestige from his association with
the maroons, Osceola was understandably outspoken in defending their interests.
Covington Seminoles 76, ASPMA 7: 825-26, Porter Negro
279-80, Wickman 128-29.
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