With the turn of events, Abraham suddenly had strong incentives to negotiate. In the January raids he had lost all
of his property, including his freedom papers.
It is possible that Abraham had been predisposed to negotiate all along. Known as a realist and diplomat, he had traveled to Washington and the West, and was familiar with the power of the United States. In his mind, it was probably inevitable that the Seminoles would leave Florida. The question
was: Could they leave on terms favorable to the blacks?
ASPMA 7: 829, Childs 2: 373, Porter Black 70-71, Porter Negro
249, Cohen 174. ©
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