The Black Seminoles fully supported Coacoochee. In their minds, they had fought for the right to remain free. In many cases "freedom" was understood as the right to remain under the lenient Seminole system, without fear of being sold into Creek or
southern-style slavery. More than half of the maroons, however, had also been promised legal freedom as a condition of their surrender under Jesup's proclamation. Would the country honor this promise? The question cast a dark cloud over their future.
Lancaster 37-41, Littlefield Seminoles 26-31, Foreman Five 255-56, Giddings Exiles 326.
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