Under their lenient arrangements with the Indians, the Black Seminoles
prospered. Lt. McCall
recorded his impressions in 1826:
"We found these negroes in possession of large fields of the finest land, producing large crops of corn, beans, melons, pumpkins, and other esculent vegetables. [I] saw, while riding along the borders of the ponds, fine rice growing; and in the village large corn-cribs were filled, while the houses were larger and more comfortable than those of the Indians themselves."
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