While thousands were removed to the West, the remaining peoples survived in the southern-most portions of the state during an extended period of ISOLATION. It was during this period that they refined and fully adapted their culture to the South Florida environment.
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After the wars of the 1800s, the remaining Seminole peoples moved into the then-unpopulated South Florida, where they lived in relative isolation for several decades. Over the years, Seminoles adapted their culture to their South Florida surroundings.
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Tallahassee was the head of a band of about thirty Seminole families who lived peacefully in Polk County from 1850 until the 1890s.
His clothing demonstrates the typical clothing style of Seminole men of authority in the late 1800s.
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Because of the hot, humid weather of South Florida, Seminoles adapted their housing to the area, opting for an open air structure.
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Taken at the 1987 Florida Folk Festival, this image demonstrates the culinary adaptation of Seminole culture to South Florida.
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A starchy flour was made from the root of the tropical coontie plant (Zamia inegrifolia), first through grinding, then soaking, and finally straining.
The dried residue would be made into bread and other foods. The coontie can be found throughout South Florida, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic.
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Seminole traditions continued to be passed on from one generation to the next, ensuring Seminole culture would last well into the 20th century and beyond.