The Seminole are a group of Native American persons who originated from the state of Florida, according to the Tribal Council of the Seminole. The ethnic group descended from the Creek people and the majority of members live in Oklahoma, with a minority in Florida.
The Seminole, akin to many other Native American tribes, have faced many obstacles spurring from foreign influence. During the 16th century, Spanish explorers proliferated diseases that greatly diminished the Seminole population. During the early 19th century, under the President Jackson's administration, many Seminole tribesmen and women were forced to leave their homelands and move west. Not until 1957 was the government-recognized Seminole Tribe of Florida established.