Like Osceola, Coacoochee was a great friend to the Black Seminoles, and he was destined to have a long association with John Horse. In September of 1837, the terms of that association were about to take shape in a rapid series of notorious events.
With his father held hostage, Coacoochee agreed to meet Jesup for a parley. When he came in for the talk, Jesup
-- in total disregard of the rules of war -- seized Coacoochee as his prisoner. The deceitful action went largely unnoticed, but it set the stage for one of the
more infamous acts of treachery in the history of early America.
ASPMA 7: 848, Mahon 214. ©
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