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Our Land Before We Die by Jeff Guinn
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Oct 10, 2010

really liked it

A fine read. I highly recommend it. It is the story of the Seminole Negroes--runaway slaves who went to Florida while it was owned by Spain and lived with the Seminole Indians. The US, of course, brought in its might and moved the Seminoles to what is now Oklahoma. Many of the Negroes went to Mexico, where they helped the Spanish and the Mexican fight the Indians and keep the Americans out. The Americans persuaded them to come back to Texas to help the US fight the Indians in the frontier. Most of them lived in Bracketville, Texas, near Ft. Clark. The US was duplicitous and once the Negroes served their purpose dismissed them without land or money. Many became cowboys and some worked for my father and grandfather on our ranch in Val Verde County, Texas. A well written book.

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