Seminole Negro John Horse Makes a Name for Himself

John Horse

“The next few years found the Seminole and Seminole Negro floundering, but John Horse managed to do well for himself. Somewhere he acquired a few head of cattle. With careful handling, they grew into a herd of almost ninety. He was also a crack shot.

While still in his teens, he even managed to marry into Micanopy’s family. It was rare for Seminole Negro makes to be allowed to formally wed Seminole women. Obviously, John Horse had attained a great deal of respect among the Indians. He was one of the few blacks — orIndians — to thrive. Most were still near starvation on reservation lands.”

Source: Our Land Before We Die: The Proud Story of the Seminole Negro  by Jeff Guin Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2002 p. 55

Photo Credit: N. Orr & Richardson, S.C., N.Y.


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