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As the United States is a nation made up of people from many nations so the Seminole is a tribe made up of Indians from many tribes Garbarino 13 The Seminole are the indigenous people living in southeastern America They lived in what is now Georgia Alabama North Carolina South Carolina Tennessee and Mississippi The Seminole had a Muskogean language of the Hokan-Siouan stock Bookshelf The Indian tribes found in the southeast were the Creek Choctaw Chickasaw Cherokee Yuchi Yamassee Apalachicola Timucua and Calusa The southeastern Indians were described by the Spanish as being tall with complexions ranging from olive to brownish The Indians in the mountainous regions were described as having lighter complexions and those in the sunnier regions as brown Garbarino 13 The Seminole were originally part of the Creek but they began to migrate from Southern Georgia to Northern Florida in the later half of the eighteenth century The Seminole fled there because Spain owned Florida and they hoped they would be free They shared the land with another group of Indians the Apalachee and the Timucua who spoke the Mikasuki Language Seminole Indians 290 By about the year 1775 they began to be known by the name Seminole which is derived from the Creek word simanoli meaning separatist or runaway The name Seminole could also originate from the Spanish word cimarron meaning wild Also joining the migrants were Indian and Negro slaves who fled from the power struggles between the Americans and the Indians Seminole 626 The Indians who moved to Florida all had similar ways of life After their migration they kept many of the qualities of their original culture Their natural environment affected every aspect of their culture and life The environment determined what food they ate what clothing they could wear the houses that they could build and how to live in them The environment even influenced the language and rituals Due to this involvement
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