How are the Seminoles different from the other tribes? (Your answer to this question must include geographical references along with political/cultural issues.)

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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One distinct way in which the Seminoles are different from other Native American groups is evident in their resistance.  Unlike so many Native American groups who were forced to leave their lands, the Seminole were quite successful in their attempts, and fought back with a resilence that White settlers had not experienced.  The Seminole tribe remained in their setting and are embedded in both Oklahoma and Florida to ensure that they would not be forcibly moved.  In a Native American narrative where so many groups experienced the pain and suffering intrinsic to displacement, the Seminole tale is a bit different in how there was a strict refusal to move and a matching of force to aggression from Whites.

Another way in which the Seminole is different from other Native American groups is the level of respect they generated from White settlers.  The Seminole were considered to be a "civilized" tribe of Native Americans.  White settlers who were foreign to the land recognized that the Seminole were "advanced."   This is different than how White settlers failed to recognize other Native American groups, and simply discarded their voice and presence.  It became evident from the earliest moments of interaction that this could not be done to the Seminole people, thereby making them fundamentally different than many other Native American groups.

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