John Horse's goal was to meet with Porfirio Diaz, the de facto ruler
(but not at the time president) of Mexico, to appeal
directly for aid securing the land grant. Did he meet with
Diaz? Porter relates
the details of such a meeting, derived from Black Seminole
oral traditions. It makes for fine reading. In truth, as
Porterís posthumous editors point out, almost no facts are
known about John Horseís final trip.
Two things alone are known for certain. Diaz did
subsequently intervene to protect the Nacimiento grant. And
during the trip John Horse died, most likely on August 10,
in a military hospital in Mexico City.
Sources: Porter Black 223-224, Mulroy 170.
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