The number of black allies fluctuated throughout the conflict. Census data indicated 800 Black Seminoles before the war. Of these, officers counted a nucleus of 250 armed black warriors once hostilities began. Plantation runaways quickly augmented the black
population, however, making estimates hard to gauge. It is
believed that somewhere between 900-1800 blacks were allied with the Seminoles at the heights of the conflict.*
The Army counted 500 Black Seminoles by war's end, after hundreds had died, been captured, or returned to plantation
Sprague Origin 19, 97, Littlefield Seminoles 12, Porter Negro 46, 240. ©
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*As with all slave uprisings, only a portion of the new recruits would have been armed and organized.