Black Seminoles: Who are The Unconquered People?

Black Seminoles: Who are The Unconquered People?

When 300 First Nation people migrated to Florida to escape US capture in the 17th century, they laid a legacy for their descendants to be known as The Seminole Nation.

 From 1700 through to the 1850s, enslaved Africans and Black Americans who sought freedom fled plantations in South America and joined The Seminole Nation in the promising peninsula of Florida. The Seminole Nation were welcoming of newcomers, particularly those who were also escaping the powers of European colonizers. Once allied, a strong identity was created through their mutual fight for freedom and they became Black Seminoles.

 Their shared economy thrived on farming, hunting, fishing, and gathering wild foods. Alongside bananas, melons and grapes, a key food for Black Seminoles was guava – a fruit that served their tribes well from as early as 1800s when they cultivated their own guava trees.

Black Seminoles brought invaluable strength to The Seminole Nation, as many were able to speak several European languages, had warfare experience and had vast tropical agriculture knowledge. In times where their land or freedom was threatened, many Black men in the Seminole tribe joined as warriors, while others translated and taught their fellow tribes the culture of Euro-Americans to better prepare against the threat they faced.

Today, Black Seminoles still live in Oklahoma and Florida. Economic independence and diversity are core to their identity, staying true to their roots by dressing in traditional style and living in palm-thatched, sustainable homes.

How do you know when Guava is ripe? 

 


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