Seminole – The Unconquered (How the west was lost)

 

Gepubliceerd op 26 dec. 2012

The Seminole Tribe once part of the Muscogee Creek Confederacy (part of a huge Civilization of the Mississippian Culture 700 AD – 1600 AD) escaped warfare caused by invaders of the British and French during the 16 hundreds, and later by the American Government. The People now known as “Seminole’ escaped by moving to Florida joining the surviving Natives of other destroyed Chiefdoms of ancient Florida.

They lived peacefully and took in escaped African Slaves. The language spoken by the Seminole Indians is known as Muskogee. They typically farmed the lands, hunted and fished the abundant waters off the coast of Florida. They began to manufacture guns and tools influenced by Europeans and exchanged goods with European traders…They lived in log homes and chickees gathered around trading centers and court yards.

Unfortunately, things took a turn around 1732, when settlers started heading southward into Florida. Once they arrived, many Seminole Indians were kidnapped, tortured, raped, or killed. But the Seminoles held their own ground and stayed within their territory, many migrating near where Tampa exists today.

Those who stayed ended up being forced to work for money, either as an agricultural helper or a tourist attraction. In 1957, a law was passed declaring the tribes in Florida were officially the Seminole Tribe of Florida. In 1970, the Seminoles were awarded over $12 million by the government because of land taken from them by the United States military. Today the tribe is still in existence and is a proud part of the state of Florida’s rich heritage.

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