The Yamassee Indian Nation-The word Seminole comes from the Spanish term “La Seminoles” which derived from the word ” cimaroon” , the refugees, wild ones or runaways. The first reference to this term was used in 1715 to the Yamassee Nation. Even though some of the Yamassee Indians living in Florida discovered the Spanish in 1539, a tax dispute in 1664 caused bands of our people to move to present day South Carolina and allied ourselves with the British. In 1715, over 19,000 warriors of Yamassee indians and various Indian tribes of the confederacy declared war on the British and certain bands of Muskogee, hence the Yamassee War of 1715. This war was basically due to land encroachment and treaty violations on the Yamassee people. Various clans, bands and groups of our people came back to Florida and was granted refuge by the King of Spain at the St. Augustine fort (Castillo De San Marcos) in October of 1715.
Later the Yamassee nation, bands of Hitchiti, Mikisuki, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Muskogee, Apalachi and Apache became known as Seminoles through being allied with the Yamassee and Spain. . We are obligated to uphold the decisions our past Chiefs have made.
Our name “Yamasee” is said in the Muskogee dialect using English Supported spelling is /yvmvsē/, meaning “Gentle” some say tame which is close to the same; or perhaps you would prefer the spelling and meaning from our family of the Catawban /yį musí:/, literally “people-ancient” or Ancient people.
We the Yamassee nation of Florida, South Carolina & Georgia are blood related descendants of the Great chiefs whom fought in countless wars for our survival.
Quote: The Seal of the Seminole Nation Page.265
“The Seminole leaders in this period were Mikanopi? hereditary ruler and descendant of the ancient Oconee, ranked as head chief of the tribe, owner of considerable property, a man of ability and prestige. Jumper, a descendant of the old Yamassee chieftains, was the intelligent and most influential leader in the tribal councils. Alligator, of the ancient Yamassee, was a shrewd, sensible leader “