End of an Era
The military alliance between Africans and Seminoles had always been
pragmatic. From Florida to the Indian Territory, the threat of enslavement had
driven the maroons to seek protection from individual Indian leaders, who in
turn derived prestige and power from the association. In Mexico, the
circumstances had changed. Legally free, the maroons were able to establish
their own community for the first time without the overt threat of enslavement.
They still had to stave off American filibusterers and Texas Rangers. But with the
help of the Mexican government, which also sought to prevent American
incursions, this had not proven to be a problem.