If Coacoochee saw a chance to revive Seminole traditions in Mexico, the Black Seminoles saw much more. Mexico had outlawed slavery in 1829 under
President Vicente Guerrero, the revolutionary leader
of mixed African, Indian, and Spanish ancestry. From that time
on, hundreds of fugitive slaves had escaped into Mexico in an improvised version of the underground railroad. Slavery had threatened the Black Seminoles from Florida to Oklahoma. In Mexico, they might finally find
Sources: Tyler 1-2, Aptheker 32, 342-43, Mulroy 56, Lancaster 86.
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