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Handbill protesting slavery in Washington D.C., 1836
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Detail from "Slave Market of America," a handbill protesting slavery in Washington D.C., circa 1836. This section of the engraving describes the notorious practice of enslaving free blacks, then auctioning them into slavery to cover their jail fees. Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, LC-USZ62-40900.
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John Horse had pinned his hopes on Coacoochee, but with the failure of the treaty, he decided to press his own case. He wanted to travel to Washington again, this time to pursue the exclusive interests of himself and the Black Seminoles. But how could a free black man safely make his way east traveling through slave territories? As it happened, John T. Mason was looking for a manservant to accompany him to the capital. In one of the more quixotic decisions of his life, John Horse signed on with Mason to obtain passage.

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Sources: Porter Black 116-17.
Part 3, Exile: Outline  l Images
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 Trail Narrative
 + Prologue
 + Background: 1693-1812
 + Early Years: 1812-1832
 + War: 1832-1838
 - Exile: 1838-1850
+ Shifting Alliances
+ American Justice
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Assassination
Washington
"The Hero"
Federal Allies
Southern Enemies
Marcellus Duval
Frontier Justice
American Justice
+ A New Frontier
 + Freedom: 1850-1882
 + Legacy & Conclusion