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Page 554 of History of the border wars of two centuries, embracing a narrative of the wars with the Indians from 1750 to 1874.

5 54 STRUGGLES WITH T H E SEMINOLES: r ecognition and protection from the F lorida S paniards, these e xiles soon i ncreased i n numbers and strength, and became f ormidable enemies to their former masters. I n 1738, the Colonial Governor of South Carolina sent a messenger to the Governor of St. Augustine, w ith a demand f or the return of the fugitive slaves i n F lorida, which was p romptly rejected. This was the commencement of a long a nd b loody struggle between these colonies, which soon led to the establishment of the colony of Georgia. I t was thought t hat t his colony, being free, would afford the planters of Carolina p rotection against the further escape o f their slaves from service. These exiles were called by the Creek Indians, " S eminoles," the same name that was afterwards given to a v ery strong band of their own nation. The name, in Indian, s ignifies " R unaways." G eorgia had not been established a decade w hen she became a s lave-holding colony, bringing the slaves of her planters, b oth Africans and Indians, into the very neighborhood of the e xiles, w ho had long been free under Spanish laws. In 1750, a d ifficulty arose among the Creek Indians, " which eventually b ecoming irreconcilable, a chief named Sea Coffee, w ith a large n umber of followers, left that tribe at that time residing w ithin the present l imits o f Georgia and Alabama and continuing t heir journey south, entered the Territory of Florida, a nd, u nder the Spanish colony policy, were incorporated with t he Spanish population, entitled to lands wherever they could f ind t hem unoccupied, and to the protection of Spanish laws." F r o m t hat day Sea Coffee and his numerous followers refused to acknowledge Creek authority, or be represented in Creek c ouncils. They elected their own chiefs, and i n all respects became a separate tribe, embracing the Michansukies, with w hom they united. " They settled in the vicinity of the exiles, a ssociated w i t h t hem, and a mutual sympathy and respect e xisting, some o f their p eople i ntermarried, thereby strengthening t he ties of friendship, and the Indians having fled from o ppression, and taken refuge under Spanish laws, were also c alled the Seminoles, or r u n a w a y s . " * * T he E xiles o f F lorida.

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