“JOHN HORSE”, DR. RUNOKO RASHIDI, CARL NELSON’S WOLDC RADIO PROGRAM, LOS MASCOGOS AND “FORT NEGRO’S FIXICO
HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH
Today is August 8th, 2018, it’s 2:00 am in the morning West Coast time and I must write this Blog about my call into the Carl Nelson WOLDC RADIO on Monday August 6th, 2018. Carl’s guest was the “Legendary Dr. Runoko Rashidi” . If the fabled “Indiana Jones” was Black he’d be… “Dr. Runoko Rashidi” (LoL).
Thank you “FATHER GOD” we have so much to be thankful for. Below is a paraphrased transcript of my call into the show:
“Greetings Brother Carl and Dr. Runoko Rashidi it’s a pleasure to talk with you. Concerning “Cinco de Mayo”, during the U.S. Civil War France was one of the European countries that claimed that Mexico owed them money. However, in reality they really wanted to return Colonialism and Slavery to Mexico while the U.S. was fighting their own civil war.
I have cousins among the Mascogos. The Mascogos started out as Black Seminoles who (after Florida) again escaped Slavery by fleeing U.S. Indian Territory in 1849 with John Horse. After the war between Mexico the U.S. ended , the Treaty of Guadalupe de Hidalgo included a Military Colonist clause ( Mexico would accept immigrants willing to become border guards ). This article allowed my Ancestors to enter Mexico as military colonists.
In this capacity they fought in many battles including the 2nd War of Intervention that included the the Battle of Puebla. They helped the forces of Presidente Benito Juarez and for their military service they were granted a land concession that today is known as : Nacimiento de los Negros. This year’s Encuentro will be held in Nacimiento”
Dr. Rashidi speaks: “Tell me about John Horse”.
Fixico speaks: “John Horse in Florida had been an Interpreter for Osceola during the 2nd Seminole War. Seminole Indian Chief’s always had a Black interpreter. John Horse was very active in the war and was a part of the treaty known as Jesup’s Proclamation ( which was the 1st Emancipation Proclamation March 6th, 1837). General Jesup had said that : “This is a Negro”War”. It became clear to him that the U.S. forces could not beat the combined Maroon and Seminole forces, so he offered a treaty that would free the Blacks if they stopped fighting and moved to Oklahoma.
This is how the Black Seminoles got to “Oklahoma” Indian Territory. 12 years later the U.S. government went back on the treaty. Before they could be enslaved John Horse (and Wildcat) led an exodus of 300 Black Seminole Maroons and 200 Indigenous Seminole Indians to Mexico. John Horse led the Black Seminoles who became known as “Los Mascogos” and Wildcat led the Seminole Indians in Mexico.
After the Civil War and Slavery had ended in the U.S. , half of the Mascogos crossed over into the United States and became known as the “Seminole Negro Indian Scouts” they were used as “Special Forces” for the Buffalo Soldiers. The Descsendants of those Mascogos that remained in Mexico will represent their Ancestors at this year’s “Encuentro” which is the meeting of the African-Mexican Villages (Pueblas) of Mexico this year’s event will be hosted by Los Mascogos of Nacimiento de los Negros”.
Photo: The photo above includes a group of 5 Mascogo women , taken at Nacimiento de los Negros.
My informant is Phillip Gordon 32nd degree RAM , USMC and Mascogo Community Leader.
Freedom on the Border: The Seminole Maroons in Florida, the Indian Territory, Coahuila, and Texas Paperback – September 15, 2003
Honor and Respect, Phil “Pompey” Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant, Founder/President of the Semiroon Historical Society , member of the L.A. Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th horse) Cavalry, Private-Sector-Partner of the National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom 1998 Act , North American Representative to the Caribbean’s Maroon Women’s Chamber of Cooperation and is featured in the Smithsonian Institution’s , book and exhibit, entitled: “indiVisible”: African-Native Americans in the Americas