John Horse had escaped the strongest prison in Florida, but he could not escape the U.S. legal system.
When the April deadline approached, the Black Seminoles finally left the protection of the fort. They refused, however, to settle near the Indians who were claiming them. Instead, under John Horse's leadership, most of the blacks settled at Wewoka Creek, "barking waters."
There, they founded an all-black community on the site of the present-day town of Wewoka.
(Wewoka is now the home of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.)
Sources: Foreman Five 258-59, Porter Black 126.
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