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The Seminole people are descendents of the Muskogean speaking peoples who lived in the valleys of the Apalachicola and Chattahoochee Rivers. In the 1700s, pressured by white settlement in South Carolina and Georgia, some chose to migrate south to Florida where the Spanish colonial government welcomed them as trading partners. Having been divided by geography and circumstance from their ancestors, by the mid 1700s the Indians of Florida came to be called “cimarrones” by the Spanish, meaning “wild ones”. They thought of themselves as “yat'siminoli” or “free people”.

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