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Christmas day, 1837. Nearly 400 black and Indian warriors hide deep in the swamps of Florida, preparing to face Colonel Zachary Taylor and 1,000 U.S. regulars. The two sides are about to fight the decisive battle in the Second Seminole War, the bloodiest, most costly Indian conflict in U.S. history. But this is not just an Indian war, it is also a slave uprising, the largest that the country has ever seen, or ever will see.
In 450 story panels, the trail narrative documents the Black Seminoles' quest for freedom, from their origins as a community to the death of their great leader John Horse in 1882. Use the arrows to navigate straight ahead or pick a segment below. Each section also has an image outline for visual scanning. ( www.johnhorse.com )
The story of John Horse and the Black Seminoles has been largely untold, but they deserve to be remembered for a number of reasons:
- They created the largest haven in the U.S. South for runaway slaves.
- They led the largest slave revolt in U.S. history.
- They secured the only emancipation of rebellious slaves prior to the U.S. Civil War.
- The formed the largest mass exodus of slaves across the United States and, ultimately, to Mexico.
Learn more about this remarkable story that has been overlooked by Hollywood, popular culture, and even historians. This group of freedom fighters—who ultimately found peace, liberty, and prosperity—is worth remembering.