Tallahassee Band

Tallahassee of the Seminole Tribe originally lived in northern Florida, a region known as the Ablachi Old Fields.
They were in leadership of the Abalachi region, circa 1750-1780 under Chief Tonoby.

During the first Seminole War, 1817-1818, tribal towns from this region were participants in the engagements.
In 1823 the first treaty with the Seminole, the "Treaty of Camp Moultrie", would establish a reservation in central Florida.
The Tallahassee refuted the action and did not sign the treaty.

Ironically, the Governor's council formed a commission to find a site for the capitol of Florida Territory.
While exploring the area, the commission came into contact with the Chefixico and knowing the purpose of the visit,
he snatched up from the ground a handful of dirt saying, "Is this my land?"
On May 24, 1824 Congress confirmed the site chosen by the Governor's Commission by passing an act to establish
the capitol of Florida Territory on the Tallahassee's former homeland, which remains today as the capitol of the state of Florida.

The location of the new reservation in central Florida would place the Tallahassee northeast of Tampa.
The continuation of the Seminole Wars (1836-1858) would result in many Tallahassee being relocated to Indian Territory.

Other leaders after removal were Tallobee (1860); Nokus Emartha (1871); Neha Harjo (1879); and Echo Emarthoge (1898).
The Tallahassee are still one of the largest bands with many members in leadership positions, just as their ancestors of old.


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