The Seminole people are the descendents of the Creek people.
The diversity of the Tribe is reflected in the fact that its members spoke seven languages- Muscogee, Hitchiti, Koasati, Alabama, Natchez, Yuchi and Shawnee.
The early history of the Creek people in Florida is not well understood.
The first Creek speaking people, settled at Chocuchattee (Red House) near present day Brooksville, Florida. This was some time around 1760. They were also cattlemen.
The Seminole population in Florida remained fairly small, around 1200, By 1823 the native population had increased three or four fold by the newcomers.
This population of about five thousand was thrown together and subjected to the fiercest of all the wars.
For the next sixty years the small population of Seminoles would live on the fringes of society.
They made livings as hunters, guides and sometimes, curiosities for the tourists.
Today, the Seminole casinos support a growing infrastructure for the Seminole community’s health and welfare, public safety, education and other services.
The economic stability provided by gaming, combined with the cattle, citrus, and other business enterprises, has made the Seminole Tribe of Florida one of the most successful native business peoples in the United States today.
They employ more than 7,000 employees in their casinos, hotels and other enterprises and purchase more than $130.3 million in good and services yearly.