Have you ever heard of Bass Reeves??? If you heard of The Lone Ranger, then you more than likely already know parts of Bass Reeves' story. It's clear that he was the likely source for the legend of The Lone Ranger & it seems that Tonto existed as well.
Unbeknownst to most people, the "All American Hero" that became idolized in 1950s white America was based on the extraordinary life of Bass.
Reeves was born into slavery in 1838. His slavemaster brought him along as another personal servant during the Civil War, where he fought for the Confederate Army.
When Reeves was attacked by his master (after he beat him at cards), he almost beat him to death (according to some accounts, he died) & ran away knowing he was dead if he stayed around.
He fled to Indian Territory (now known as Oklahoma) and lived amongst the Seminole and Creek Nations of Native Indians.
After the war, he got married & became a US Marshall as well as a father of 10.
He was known to wear disguises to trick outlaws, he left a silver coin as his trademark, & rode with a Native American tracker. Together, they captured close to 3,000 criminals!!!
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