After 1826, John Horse dropped from recorded history until 1835. Based on oral traditions and facts known later, this was a period of comparative peace and prosperity. Sometime in his late teens he married, reportedly to a daughter of the Indian chief Holatoochee, a relative of Micanopy. By the time John Horse re-entered the historical record, he had a child, a herd of some 90 cattle, and
a growing reputation as an interpreter for the tribe. After a youth of wartime migrations and violence, he had begun to build a life
in what remained of Florida's once-free wilderness. That wilderness was about to close, and
John Horse's life was about to change forever.
Porter Black 31, 37. ©
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