Yamassee Indian Nation-Brief history


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 “