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The Seminole Native Americans are the indigenous people of southeastern North America They are comprised of various tribes instead of being a single unique people As the United States is a nation made up of people from many nations the Seminole is a tribe made up of Indians from many tribes Garbarino-13 The ethnic diversity results from their interaction with other southeastern tribes such as the Calusa Yuchi Timucua Cherokee Apalachicola Chickasaw and Creek It also accounts for their Muskogean language which derives from the Hokan-Siouan The Seminole are most closely related to the Creek In fact they shared the same culture until the Seminole fled from Georgia to Northern Florida during late 18th century Under the Creek they felt hampered and desired freedom Thus they fled with hopes of independence to Florida owned by Spain There they encountered the Apalachee and Timucua tribes both of which spoke the Mikasuki Language Seminole Indians 290 Hence they were named the Seminole meaning runaway in Creek dialect Negro and Indian slaves joined them in their quest for freedom as they fled during the power struggles between American colonists and Native Americans Seminole 626 They eventually obtained complete freedom but they still retained many customs of their original culture However their atmosphere and surroundings still had a great impact on their culture and lives Depending on the availability of resources they adapted to suit their environment For instance their diet clothing and homes all depended on the climate the animals present and the availability of natural resources Soon these factors even began to influence culture The environment even influenced the language and rituals Due to this involvement with Nature they revered all of Nature Garbarino 13 The Florida landscape consisted of varying textures dense forests rocky mountains and fertile valleys The more powerful tribes tended to control the auspicious profitable fertile valleys while the weaker tribes controlled the inauspicious
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